MEDFORD, Ore. – The wife of a man found murdered while on a camping trip for his birthday earlier this month reflects on her memories of their final days together. The investigation is being treated as a homicide and the Siskiyou County Sheriff thinks they’re on the right track.
The wife of Michael Christopher MacCallum says her husband wanted to plan something special for his 34th birthday and invited friends and family to go camping the weekend of November 17th. When he didn’t return from the camping trip, MacCallum was reported missing.
MacCallum’s body was found at the foot of a steep cliff in a heavily wooded area near the California-Oregon border. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office has determined the case is likely a homicide and began the investigation. MacCallum’s wife, Tricia, said she will always remember her husband for his caring nature and his stubborn personality.
“I don’t know what happened or why he was taken but he was a great guy and he put his family first,” Tricia said.
MacCallum had been working as a cab driver for Cheker Cab over the past few months. Medford Police and the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office are communicating on the chance that this murder could be linked to the murder of Valley Cab driver William Huey Huson.
Both men were Medford cab drivers and were murdered around their birthdays within a month of each other. Siskiyou County Sheriff John Lopey thinks the investigation is on the right track and they will continue to gather evidence and follow up on leads.
UPDATE: The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office issued a press released on Tuesday with an update on the investigation. Sheriff Jon Lopey stated: “This investigation is on-going and more interviews and follow-up questioning will be conducted this week, primarily in the Medford area. Another crime scene search will also be conducted on Tuesday, November 27th. Search warrants have been served in the Medford area and additional evidence obtained. Additionally, analysis of evidence obtained is still in-progress.”
The Sheriff’s Office also said an autopsy was completed on Saturday, November 24th and provided “further clues” involving the cause and manner of death, but other tests are pending analysis. Anyone with information about his death are asked to contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office at the 24 hour dispatch number at (530) 841-2900.