The Douglas County Major Crimes Team is continuing to
investigate the homicide of an adult female at the Winchester Wayfinding Point
located along Highway 101 about three miles south of Reedsport.
Investigators have tentatively identified the female
victim and are awaiting confirmation as to her identity from the Oregon State
Medical Examiner's Office. An update will be provided upon the Oregon State
Medical Examiner's Office confirmation of the victims identity.
Investigators have developed a primary suspect and are
pursuing leads both in Oregon and California. The primary suspect has been
identified as JEFFREY GRIFFIN BOYCE, age 30, from North Bend, Oregon. BOYCE was taken into custody in California on
April 29, 2013 on local criminal charges that occurred in Marin and Sonoma
Counties in California. No charges have been formally filed yet against BOYCE
for crimes committed in the State of Oregon.
The investigation is continuing. No other information to
be released at this time pending approval from the Douglas County District
(Previous News Release)
The Douglas County Major Crime Team is investigating the
homicide of an unidentified adult female found Sunday morning in the vicinity
of Winchester Bay Wayfinding Point located along Highway 101 about three miles
south of Reedsport.
On April 28, 2013 at approximately 8:20 a.m., a couple
who stopped at the Wayfinding Point area west of Highway 101 near milepost 217
discovered the body and contacted 9-1-1. The location provides a view of the
ocean, a coastal lake and a historic lighthouse. Emergency personnel from
several law enforcement agencies and Winchester Bay Rural Fire Protection
District responded to the scene.
Initial investigation indicates the homicide occurred
Sunday morning. Investigators are asking for the public's help in this case,
including information about any suspicious person(s) or activity at Winchester
Bay Wayfinding Point and the surrounding southern coast area.
Anyone with information regarding this reported crime is
asked to call the Tip Line set up through the OSP Southern Command Center
dispatch at (541) 664-4600. The lead investigator is Oregon State Police
Detective Brian Assmus. Tips may also be forwarded to OSP by email to crimetips2OSP@state.or.us. Tips
should include specific details including the type of case and information
related to the criminal investigation. Even though tips may be received
anonymously, those providing tips are encouraged to give contact information
for follow-up by the investigator(s), if needed.
No other information to be released at this time.
The Douglas County Major Crime Team is comprised of law
enforcement personnel from Oregon State Police, Douglas County Sheriff's
Office, Roseburg Police Department, and Douglas County District Attorney's
Contact Info: Pager: (503) 323-3195
(Note: Between 4/30 - 5/10, media inquiries should be
directed to the listed media pager number)