Monday, July 9 2012, 08:49 PM CDT
Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office swamped
By Krystle Henderson/KTVL.com
SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. - The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office is seeing an increase in crimes in its area and now sheriff deputies are overloaded with work.
"We've seen an upsurge in criminal activity and I just don't think things are going to slow down," Sheriff Jon Lopey said.
Right now investigators are working overtime. Among their biggest cases: two decades old murders, which investigators now say may be related, a double homicide investigation in Fort Jones and the million dollar gold theft from the Siskiyou County Courthouse.
Investigators are also getting ready to reopen the Angela Fullmer cold case. Fullmer has been missing since 2002.
"It's very difficult prioritizing and allocating enough resources to adequately conduct these investigations and pursue them appropriately, I mean it's a big challenge," Lopey said. "A lot of times we don't have those funds available or the funds are limited and then you use up all your funds in the first part of the fiscal year and then you don't have adequate funding for the rest of the year."
Resources are running out. The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office isn't sure what it will have left to work with and hasn't yet come up with a plan.
But more and more crimes and investigations are keeping deputies busy.
"We're constantly having to shuffle around resources, rotate people in and out of different specialty functions to get the job done," Lopey said.
Just this past weekend, search and rescue was called out multiple times and now deputies are investigating the death of a Medford man who was found in the upper Klamath River.
Investigators say, it appears 55-year-old Jay Dee Myers died Sunday while dredging gold near the Collier Rest Area in Siskiyou County. Detectives are waiting on the autopsy results.