Manhunt underway on Highway 126 for suspect in three homicides

The highway is closed in the Poodle Creek area.

Posted: Jun 18, 2021 5:18 PM

NORTH BEND, Ore. – A manhunt is underway along Highway 126 west of Eugene on Friday as law enforcement looks for a man suspected in three homicides and considered "armed and dangerous."

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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