Woman's boyfriend, brother killed in crash near Lebanon

The woman tracked down her boyfriend’s phone because he and her brother were overdue and not responding to phone calls.

Posted: Nov 14, 2019 12:40 PM
Updated: Nov 14, 2019 3:17 PM

LEBANON, Ore. – Two men are dead after a crash west of Lebanon Wednesday night, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office said.

A woman used a cell phone locator app to track her boyfriend’s phone to Rock Hill Drive west of Lebanon, when he and her brother were overdue and failed to answer their phones.

Soon after she arrived at the location at 11:30 p.m., deputies passing by Rock Hill Drive saw her vehicle pulled over with its hazard lights on and stopped to help.

After searching, deputies found the red Toyota MR2 about fifty yards off the roadway, upside down in blackberry bushes. Medics were called to the scene.

Steven Marlen, 27, of Lebanon and the woman’s brother, Jacob Wibbens, 20, of Brownsville were both found dead. They were wearing seatbelts. The Lebanon Fire Department removed them from the car and they were taken to the Huston-Jost Funeral Home.

Investigators said Marlen was driving westbound on Rock Hill Drive when he lost control for an unknown reason and the vehicle went off the shoulder. It rolled several times.

Speed may have played a role, deputies said. No other vehicles were involved.

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