Suspect in California Murder Arrested in Medford Area

Local and Oregon state law enforcement arrested a California man accused of killing a Texas man in southern Siskiyou County.

Posted: Feb. 12, 2019 8:48 AM
Updated: Feb. 12, 2019 11:30 AM

YREKA, Calif. -- Oregon State Police (OSP) and agents from the Medford Area Drug and Gang Task Force Enforcement Team (MADGET) arrested 41-year-old Eddie Dodge of Anderson, California for the murder of 31-year-old Hunter Sims of Sugarland, Texas on Friday evening, February 8, 2019.

Sims' body was found on February 7th by a utility worker at the bottom of an embankment near a county road in the "South County" area of Siskiyou County.

A California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer and SCSO units gathered evidence located at the scene to suggest the death was suspicious. SCSO patrol units and SCSO’s MCU, including detectives and forensic technician conducted an extensive crime scene investigation.

Dodge is currently being held at the Jackson County Jail.

Dodge is awaiting extradition to California, where he will face murder charges in the death of Mr. Sims. 

According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “I would like to take this opportunity to commend the exemplary investigative work of the involved deputies, SCSO’s MCU, and the excellent support we received from other agencies such as the OSP, MADGET, SUMIT, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (OR), and NSMIT. Our MCU detectives and forensic technician worked around the clock to analyze evidence, coordinate and follow-up leads from different counties and states, and the team contacted and synchronized the efforts of a variety of law enforcement agencies in Oregon and California. Additional support at the crime scene was received from the Mt. Shasta’s CHP Area and the CHP Northern Division’s Air Operations Unit. Siskiyou County Roads assisted with a lengthy road closure during the investigation. This case is still under investigation and a lot of work has to be done. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”

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