May 19, 2020
Contact: Debra Johnson
Olympia—The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is working in close coordination with the Walla Walla Sheriff’s Department involving Master’s Ranch - West. However, DCYF cannot comment on any investigations that may be open. Any questions about law enforcement involvement may be directed to the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Department. As a result of this matter, DCYF is determining whether the Ranch adheres to licensing requirements in the operation of its facility.
It is possible that some of the children released from the Ranch may have been exposed to COVID-19. DCYF is coordinating with the Department of Health and local pandemic enforcement officials to make testing available for these children. Any questions related to COVID-19 exposure should be referred to local Health Department officials.