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Sheriff's Office identifies victim in fatal Ashland stabbing case

The suspect was identified Wednesday afternoon as 30-year-old Auriel Zipher Scattergood.

Posted: Sep 16, 2021 4:28 PM
Updated: Sep 16, 2021 4:33 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim in a fatal stabbing that happened at a house on Eagle Mill Road near Ashland in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The victim was 38-year-old Meghan Nicole Rodriguez of Portland. A forensic pathologist from Oregon State Police completed an autopsy on Rodriguez' body, determining that her cause of death was homicide. JCSO said that her next of kin has been notified.

Dispatch received a call to report the stabbing at 2:14 a.m. at an address in the 300-block of Eagle Mill Road. Deputies and police officers from the Ashland, Phoenix, and Talent police departments all responded, quickly arresting a suspect.

The suspect was identified Wednesday afternoon as 30-year-old Auriel Zipher Scattergood. He was arraigned Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court on charges for second-degree murder, second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, and first-degree aggravated animal abuse.

Beyond some traffic violations in 2018, Oregon court records do not show any previous offenses for Scattergood.

According to court documents, Rodriguez and Scattergood were not the only people involved in the deadly incident. Scattergood is also accused of assaulting a man named Jon David with a knife, in addition to a dog belonging to one of the victims. The dog was injured in the attack and is receiving emergency care at the Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center.

JCSO was assisted at the scene by detectives from Oregon State Police, and the Major Assault and Death Investigative Unit (MADIU) responded to investigate.

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