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TROOPERS ASSIST MAN FOUND IN CREEK ALONG I-5 NEAR ALBANY
11/13/2011
Lt. Mark Cotter
Albany Area Command
Phone: 541-967-2026

A 19 year old Seattle, Washington man was transported for medical treatment after he was found by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers lying in a creek near I-5 approximately 7 miles south of Albany, Oregon.
 
On November 12, 2011 at approximately 6:00 PM Trooper Ian McKay stopped to assist a disabled vehicle that was parked on the shoulder of I-5 near milepost 226.  Trooper McKay made contact with JOHN WESLEY STIGGER, age 19, and ELIZABETH GALICIA, age 18, both of Seattle, Washington.  At STIGGER's and GALICIA's request, Trooper McKay gave the couple a ride to a gas station approximately 2 miles away where they were dropped off.
 
Approximately three hours later, Trooper McKay was dispatched to a report of a person frantically trying to flag down motorists on I-5 near milepost 226 using a flashlight.  Upon arriving at that location, Trooper McKay again contacted GALICIA.  GALICIA reported that she and STIGGER had caught a ride back to their disabled vehicle.  GALICIA told Trooper McKay that after arriving back at the disabled vehicle STIGGER became delusional, stripping off all his clothes and running into a nearby wooded area.  The weather at the time was raining and windy with temperatures just above freezing.
 
Concerned for STIGGER's safety, Trooper McKay requested additional assistance to help locate him. The Benton County Sheriff's Department responded to the area with a tracking dog along with additional troopers from the OSP Albany Area Command.  With the aid of the tracking dog, officers located STIGGER laying face up in a small creek approximately 200 yards from the freeway.
 
STIGGER, who was suffering from symptoms of hypothermia and loss of consciousness, was provided medical attention by McKay and the other officers until an ambulance crew arrived at the scene and relieved them.  STIGGER was transported to Albany General Hospital where he was admitted for treatment.