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OSP Bomb Techs Respond to Suspicious Objects at Linfield Campus; Student Arrested
12/07/2009
Detective Sam Elliott
McMinnville Police Department
(503) 435-5615

A Linfield College student turned herself in to McMinnville police Monday in connection to an investigation into numerous hoax suspicious packages placed around the campus Sunday morning.  Oregon State Police and FBI bomb technicians responded to the campus to assist McMinnville police with assessment and handling of the suspicious packages.
 
On December 7, 2009, MELISSA GRACE DAVAZ, age 21, a Linfield College resident student, came into McMinnville Police Department turned and herself in.  DAVAZ admitted that after seeing a newspaper article about the police response to a potential hazardous device a week earlier on campus, she decided it would be interesting to see what the response would be if multiple packages were left around the campus.  After seeing how much trouble it caused, she realized there was going to be a criminal investigation and felt it best to turn herself in.
 
On December 6th, a total of eight suspicious packages found throughout the campus.  DAVAZ was able to correctly identify what had been placed in each location including identifying items contained within the packages.
 
DAVAZ was arrested and lodged in Yamhill County Correctional Facility pending arraignment in Yamhill County Circuit Court on the following charges: 
  • First Degree Disorderly Conduct (5 counts)
  • Possession of a Hoax Destructive Device (5counts)
 
McMinnville Police Department is continuing to investigate to determine if DAVAZ acted alone or in cooperation with others.
 
Anyone with further information about the incident and investigation is asked to contact McMinnville Police Department Detective Sam Elliott at (503) 435-5615.