UPDATE – Death Investigation – Clackamas County


Authorized by the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office the victims name is being released  – Juan Tomas Santos Bautista.


On Saturday, January 30, 2021 Oregon State Police Detectives, with the assistance of the Vancouver Police Department, located and arrested a 16 year old male from Vancouver Washington in connection with the death investigation at the French Prairie Rest Area on January 26, 2021. 

Oregon State Police Detectives and members of the Clackamas County Major Crime Team have been investigating the incident. 

Investigation at the scene and subsequent examination by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office determined the male died from a gunshot wound.   

Through continued investigation detectives were able to identify the suspect and obtain an arrest warrant. 

The suspect was an acquaintance of the victim. 

He was lodged in the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center on Murder,  Assault,  and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.  


The victim was a 16 year old from Washington state.  The name will not be released as he was a juvenile and this is an ongoing investigation.


On Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at approximately 7:37 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers were called to the northbound French Prairie rest area on Interstate 5 in Clackamas County. 

A male was discovered deceased inside a parked vehicle.  The manner of his death is being treated as suspicious, and investigators are actively examining the circumstances surrounding his death. 

No further information is available at this time.  

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