GRANT COUNTY, Ore. – An arrest has finally been made in the murder of a couple two years ago.
Terry and Sharon Smith were killed at their home on Nans Rock Road east of Mt. Vernon on July 17, 2018. They were from the Springfield area and graduated from Thurston High School.
Now, Isaac Connery, 23, faces two counts of first-degree murder and a count of first-degree arson in their deaths.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said Isaac and his mother, Gabrielle Connery, 46, were traced to the home at the time of the fire through witness testimony and the locations of their cell phones.
The Connerys had been associated with the couple in Hawaii and Oregon before the incident.
Isaac Connery was arrested in New Mexico after a nationwide warrant was issued for his arrest, and he was interviewed.
The sheriff’s office said investigators learned the Connerys had dropped off two minor relatives at a local campground the day of the incident and Gabrielle dropped Isaac off at the home before returning alone to pick up the children.
According to authorities, Isaac shot Terry and Sharon Smith and set fire to the home before taking their truck and driving to meet his mother in the Boise, Idaho, area.
Partial human remains were found by investigators and a DNA match was made to Terry. Other partial remains could not be identified but are believed to belong to Sharon.
The truck was found abandoned in Boise, and witnesses told investigators that Isaac had taken the pickup the night of the fire. He was indicted June 23 this year for unlawful use of a motor vehicle, triggering the warrant.
The process of extradition to Grant County has begun. It has yet to be decided whether Gabrielle Connery will face charges in the deaths.
“The Grant County Sheriff’s Office has worked for the past two years in solving this crime where we have taken the lead in this case and our due diligence and hard work never ceased. With what we have in a case like this and as traumatic it has been for the families of Terry and Sharon Smith, hopefully this will be a step toward understanding what took place the night of July 17, 2018,” Sheriff Glenn Palmer wrote in a statement.