AZALEA, Ore. — The investigation into a fatal trailer fire near the southern Douglas County community of Azalea has morphed into a double murder investigation, according to the latest from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
Reports of a fire at the Meadow Wood RV Park on Autumn Lane between Azalea and Glendale started coming in to dispatch around 4:30 a.m. on Friday, August 6. After deputies and firefighters responded to the scene, they found two people dead inside of the trailer.
On Wednesday, DCSO released an update on the identity of the two victims and the circumstances of their death. The pair were identified as 59-year-old Brian Edward Dean and 65-year-old Maureen Anne Mathabel, both of Azalea. They each died "as a result of homicidal violence," the agency said.
The Douglas County Major Crimes Team has since been activated and is conducting the investigation. The Sheriff's Office remains the lead investigating agency. The Major Crimes Team consists of members of the Sheriff's Office, Roseburg Police Department, Oregon State Police and the Douglas County District Attorney's Office.
Investigators urge anyone who may have photo, video or surveillance footage of the incident to share them by submitting the items to a public evidence portal via the web at: www.dcso.com/publichelp. Additionally, anyone who may have information which may aid investigators in solving this crime, is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division at 541-440-4458 or email email@example.com.