Victim identified in investigation of rest area death in Clackamas County

Juan Tomas Santos Bautista, a 16-year-old Vancouver teen, died of a gunshot according to law enforcement officials

The Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office has identified the victim in connection with the death investigation at the French Prairie Rest Area on Jan. 26. The victim is 16-year-old Vancouver resident Juan Tomas Santos Bautista.

On Sat., Jan. 30, Oregon State Police detectives, with the assistance of the Vancouver Police Department, located and arrested a 16-year-old from Vancouver in connection with the death investigation. 

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. His name will not be released as he was a juvenile and this is an ongoing investigation.

On Tue., Jan. 26, 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.  

No further information is available at this time. 

Information provided by Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office.