BEND, OR -- The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office continues to search for a man who jumped into a northeast Bend canal, Monday morning. They say they want to check on his well-being.
Mitchell Harpole (pictured) was one of three transients seen in a suspicious vehicle near high Desert Lane, just before 9 a.m. Detectives from the Sheriff's Office Street Crimes Unit say the trio initially took off in the car but were tracked to NE Brinson and Peerless Court, where they ditched the car and ran off. When they were ordered to stop, 27-year-old Harpole, another man and a woman jumped into the canal about 200 yards above a fast-moving waterfall.
The other two were contacted Monday night and told detectives they all got out of the water on the south side and hid in bushes for several hours before parting ways and getting rides from the area.
No one has been charged with a crime.
UPDATE: Mitchell Harpole was located at noon, Monday. He was not hurt in the incident and has not been charged with any crimes.