January 21, 2014

Update: Death Investigation - 2200 Block of Harbeck Road south of Grants Pass

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and Criminal Investigations Division detectives are continuing the investigation into the death Tuesday morning of an adult male during a reported burglary in progress at a business south of Grants Pass. Additional information is released in this update but no names are included at this time pending the ongoing investigation.

Update information authorized for release indicates on January 21, 2014 at approximately 7:10 a.m., OSP Southern Command Center dispatch received a transferred 9-1-1 call of an interrupted burglary in progress at Innovative Woodworx LLC located at 2245 Harbeck Road south of Grants Pass. An employee was being dropped off by his father when they saw signs of forced entry into the building. Both individuals went inside to inspect the interior and they encountered an unknown male subject inside. A brief physical scuffle ensued between the men before the employee and his father detained the man and notified police.
A few minutes later, another call was received from the business advising the detained man stopped breathing and they were going to start CPR. About ten minutes later after OSP and medical personnel arrived on scene, the man was pronounced deceased.
OSP detectives are continuing the investigation and working to notify next of kin. An autopsy is being scheduled to help confirm the cause and manner of death. The man is a 33-year old Grants Pass-area resident.
No other information to be released at this time.