Linn County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the black 2010 Jeep Patriot associated with an Everett, Washington Police Department murder investigation was recovered Saturday, October 8, 2011. Investigators also confirmed finding an unidentified deceased white adult male inside the vehicle. The body will be taken to the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office in Clackamas where an autopsy will be done to positively identify the deceased and determine the manner and cause of death. The autopsy is tentatively scheduled for Monday.
According to Linn County Deputy Mike Harmon, investigators followed up on information developed during the last several days and found the missing vehicle early Friday afternoon, October 7, 2011 in a remote wooded area of rural Linn County, Oregon. The vehicle was discovered over an embankment along a logging road in the vicinity of Yellowbottom Campground north of Green Peter Lake. It was not visible from the roadway.
Working in cooperation with Everett Police Department investigators, Linn County Sheriff’s Office coordinated search and rescue resources from Marion, Benton, Linn, and Crook counties to find and recover the vehicle. It has been seized as evidence for Everett police as part of their investigation. The vehicle will be returned to an undisclosed location in Everett awaiting a search warrant to be processed for evidence.
The vehicle was the subject of a massive search in Oregon to assist Everett Police Department. Two suspects associated with their investigation and a murder investigation in Oregon were arrested Thursday by California Highway Patrol in Yuba County, California.