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Update: August 2008 Columbia County Homicide Investigation
12/08/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's help to develop information related to an August 25, 2008 Columbia County homicide investigation. A person of interest remains in custody on unrelated charges as the investigation continues.
 
On August 25, 2008 during the early evening hours, Columbia County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a found body in the 32000 block of Highland Road between Rainier and Deer Island. Members of the Columbia County Major Crimes Team responded to initiate an investigation. An autopsy on the victim, identified as VERNON LLOYD McCULLOUGH, age 62, determined the cause of death was from homicidal violence. McCULLOUGH resided alone at the residence.
 
A person of interest identified as JOSHUA WAYNE CUBBAGE, age 24, from Rainier, was arrested on unrelated warrants September 4, 2008 at a St. Helens area apartment. CUBBAGE remains in custody at the Columbia County Jail.
 
Investigators are interested in talking to anyone who may have had contact with CUBBAGE since August 1st. Information indicates CUBBAGE may have received a ride from an unknown person September 2nd from Rainier to the St. Helens / Scappoose area.
 
Anyone with information to help in this case is asked to call OSP Detective Scott Sudaisar at (503) 731-3020 ext. 262.