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EPD Investigates Man’s Death

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EUGENE, Ore. — Police say a death investigation at a west Eugene home is now a criminal investigation.

Police also released the name of the man found dead inside that home.

Crime scene tape still surrounds the home in the 900 block of Archie Street. It’s been there since Monday afternoon.

Investigators were there Thursday, collecting evidence in hazardous materials suits, and many people in the neighborhood are having a hard time remaining calm.

“It has seemed to get scarier and scarier. More and more people showing up. Continuously having the forensic unit here,” said one neighbor.

“It concerns me because they have been there so long. It makes me wonder what in the world’s going on? What are they finding?” said another neighbor.

Police just revealed Thursday they found the body of 61-year-old Russell Lee Penn inside the home Monday afternoon. They waited to release his identity until his family was notified.

Neighbors say Penn lived alone in the home for several years. He was a musician in a local band, and neighbors describe his as friendly. They say they wish they knew more about what happened to him.

“It just makes me feel bad to know that somebody, another human being has hurt another human being and I’m here and not knowing it,” a neighbor told KEZI 9 News. “I didn’t know him well, but he was a neighbor, and it bothers me.”

Police have told neighbors they have no reason to worry about their safety, but as more investigators show up to the scene–some wearing HazMat suits and facemasks–many people in the area feel very uneasy.

“Really concerning that something might be seriously wrong, or dangerous,” a neighbor said. “Concerned for my children and other children in the neighborhood,”

Though most people we spoke with were frustrated about the lack of information, many say they do understand police are just doing their job.

Police still haven’t given any reason behind’s Penn’s death, and by the looks of the scene, it appears this criminal investigation is far from over.

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  1. CAROLYN says:

    I AM A NEIGHBOR OF RUSSELL’S AND CONTINUE TO WONDER WHAT IS GOING ON. NOTHING HAS BEEN REPORTED OR UPDATED. IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THE POLICE COME TO THE HOUSE EVERY MORNING AROUND 3:00 AM. THE WEEK AFTER THE INITIAL INVESTIGATION PEOPLE WERE THERE MEASURING THE FENCE IN THE FRONT YARD, THE LIGHTS ARE ON IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE HOUSE EACH DAY AND A CAMERA AT THE FRONT DOOR.. AS A VERY CLOSE NEIGHBOR I WOULD LIKE TO BE UPDATED. A DETECTIVE DID TELL ME IT WAS NOT A RANDOM ACT AND NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT BUT THERE ARE STILL RUMORS THAT MAKE ME WONDER AND WORRY. I LIVE BY MYSELF AND STILL FEEL UNEASY. PLEASE INFORM ME OF ANY INFORMATION YOU MAY HAVE. I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

    SINCERELY,

    CAROLYN

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