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Highway 126 reopens as manhunt continues for suspect in three homicides

The highway is back open, but the search continues.

Posted: Jun 18, 2021 12:14 PM
Updated: Jun 19, 2021 10:38 AM

NORTH BEND, Ore. – A stretch of Highway 126 near milepost 39 that had been closed for hours due to a manhunt is back open, but the search continues.

Law enforcement officials said the whereabouts of a man believed to have killed three people in North Bend are still unknown. He's believed to be armed and dangerous. People should remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police immediately.

It started just before 10 a.m. when police were called to a hit-and-run in the RV campground area at the Mill Casino in North Bend. One person died, and a second was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Just minutes later, police were called to a shooting at Herbal Choices Marijuana Dispensary where a person was killed.

In a trailer parked at the Mill Casino campground area, police found a third body. They said the person, who was born in 1938, had died from homicidal violence.

A 2019 White Dodge 3500 pickup truck initially linked to the suspect belonged to the victim found in the trailer, police said. The vehicle was found crashed on Highway 126 near Noti, and it had been set on fire.

According to a witness, the driver was armed with a handgun and ran into the woods.

Police have yet to identify the suspect, and the public are urged to not approach him. If you witness anything, or happened to pick up a hitchhiker in the area, you are asked to call 911.

It’s not known if the suspect had a connection to the victims prior to the incidents.

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