MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford Police Department says it has arrested a suspect in the murder of 46-year-old Aaron Mather, whose body was discovered on the Bear Creek Greenway near Railroad Park last week.
According to the agency, detectives developed 43-year-old Richard Kemo John Hall as a person of interest in Mather's death during the course of the homicide investigation. Detectives learned that Hall may have been camping in the area where Mather's body was found, MPD said.
Detectives found Hall walking on foot along the Greenway north of Railroad Park shortly before 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday. MPD said that Hall tried to run away, but officers caught up with him after a short chase on foot.
Officers initially arrested Hall on an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear on an original Trespassing charge while continuing the murder investigation. He was interviewed the same day, and lodged in jail on the warrant.
"Detectives continued the investigation and developed further evidence on Hall, resulting in criminal charges," MPD said. "The investigators believe Hall was an acquaintance of the victim, Mather, and developed a plan to murder him for reasons not being disclosed."
According to MPD, Hall struck Mather in the head with a weapon "similar to an axe," killing him. The agency said that then Hall dragged the body to an area nearby, burying Mather with dirt and logs. Investigators are still trying to pin down the exact day and time of death.
Hall was charged with Murder and Abuse of a Corpse in the Second Degree on the evening of April 1. He is being held in the Jackson County Jail without bail.