AMBER Alert deactivated from incident in The Dalles



Update – Jan. 23, 2013 – 8:38 a.m.
From Oregon State Police press release:

Oregon State Police has been notified the suspect and child that were the subject of Wednesday morning’s AMBER Alert in The Dalles were both located. The child, SKYLAR MELDIN COULCER-JARDING, age 5, is reported safe and the suspect, BRIAN LESTER DEPRIEST, age 36, is in custody. More details will be released later when authorized by The Dalles Police Department.


From Oregon State Police press release:

THE DALLES, Ore. — An AMBER Alert is being activated in Oregon related to the reported kidnapping of a 5-year old boy by an adult male following an assault in the city of The Dalles. Oregon State Police (OSP) is assisting The Dalles Police Department with the initial release of information.

The abducted child is identified as SKYLAR MELDIN COULCER-JARDING, age 5. He is described as white male, 3’6″, 45 – 50 lbs, with sandy brown hair. He wears glasses, is cross-eyed, and has a speed impediment. Clothing description is not available at this time.

Skylar Meldin Coulcer-Jarding

The child was reported taken January 23, 2013 at approximately 5:40 a.m. from a home in The Dalles when the suspect identified as BRIAN LESTER DEPRIEST (above), age 36, went into the child’s residence and assaulted two adults with a hammer. DEPRIEST, who is from The Dalles and knows the boy’s mother, took the boy and reportedly left in a stolen bluish-green 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier displaying Oregon license 229 BUK. The vehicle is said to be in fair condition and has a dolphin sticker in the rear window.

Vehicle similar to the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by DePriest

DEPRIEST is described as a white male, 6’5″, 210 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Additional photo of DePriest


Side view of DePriest

Anyone seeing the vehicle, the suspect and or child are asked to call 9-1-1 or Oregon State Police dispatch center at 1-866-5AMBER5 (866-526-2375)