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Update: Wheeler County Death Investigation - Frank Means
10/28/2009
Sheriff Bob Hudspeth
Wheeler County Sheriff's Office
Office: (541) 763-4101
 
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

The Wheeler County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of the Oregon State Police (OSP), continue the investigation into the October 7, 2009 death of Frank Means, age 61, from Portland.
 
A preliminary investigation initiated by the Wheeler County Sheriff's Office indicates Frank Means was involved in an altercation on October 7th at or near his hunting camp along the John Day River in the Twickenham area. The altercation involved Mr. Means and four individuals in a separate group hunting in the area. The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Mr. Means' death was the result of gunshot wounds received during the altercation.
 
The names of the other four individuals, who are all from the same Scappoose-area family, are not being released at this time. As part of updating the ongoing investigation, general biographical information is being publicly released:
  • Adult male, age 63
  • Adult male, age 33
  • Adult male, age 30
  • Juvenile male, age 11
 
"To help provide insight into the account of the incident as provided by involved and independent witnesses, the OSP Forensic Services Division and Oregon State Medical Examiners Office are currently analyzing multiple items of evidence. This is a time consuming process but is necessary to ensure a thorough investigation is completed," said Wheeler County Sheriff Bob Hudspeth.
 
After the OSP Forensic Services Division completes and provides their analytical findings related to submitted evidence, the Wheeler County District Attorney's Office will convene a Grand Jury to review witness testimony and physical evidence.

 
Following the Grand Jury review, Wheeler County District Attorney Daniel Ousley will issue a news release detailing the Grand Jury findings and decision. No additional release of information is anticipated until that time.
 
Although investigators believe all involved parties have been identified, Sheriff Hudspeth continues to ask any individuals with relevant, factual information contact their office at (541) 763-4101.