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Correction: Edward Fitchett is 59 years of age.
This morning around 8:00 a.m., detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant at the residence of Henry Conly Fitchett, age 87, located in the 21000 block of Hubbard Cutoff Road NE near Aurora. Henry Conly Fitchett was reported missing on January 29th of this year by family members. During the search, detectives found the deceased body of Henry Conly Fitchett inside of his residence.
Edward Fitchett, age 59, Henry Conly Fitchett's son, has been arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Theft I, Criminal Mistreatment I, Identity Theft I and Abuse of a Corpse. This is an active criminal investigation. An autopsy will be scheduled and performed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.
The Sheriff's Office will not provide any further details surrounding our investigation at this time. Mr. Edward Fitchett is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex.
January 29th, of this year, deputies were called to a residence in the 21000 block of Hubbard Cutoff Road NE near Aurora to investigate a missing person. Family told deputies that Henry Conley Fitchett Jr., age 87, has been missing since September of 2016. Mr. Fitchett is 5'02" tall, 169 lbs, with gray hair and blue eyes.
Family believes Mr. Conley may have moved to the Estacada area with a girlfriend but he has not been seen or heard from since. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding Mr. Conley to please call our tip line at 503-540-8079 or you can text your tip to TIPMCSO at 847411, you may remain anonymous.
This morning around 10:40 a.m., deputies were called to Santana Village Park in south east Salem, after a victim reported being robbed at gun point. The victim who was walking his dog at the time of the robbery stated, he was approached by an adult male who produced a handgun and demanded money.
The suspect is a white male adult, 6' tall, thin, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with red trim, black baseball hat and blue jeans. The male made away with an undisclosed amount of cash. He fled the area on foot, to the north, through the park. Anyone with information regarding the robbery is asked to contact our tip line at 503-540-8079 or you can text your tip to TIPMCSO at 847411, you may remain anonymous.
Yesterday Detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office arrested Rohan Cordy, age 28, of Polk County for the crimes of Sodomy 1, Rape 1, Unlawful Sexual Penetration 1, Sexual Abuse III, Supplying Alcohol to a Minor and Using a Child in Display of Sexually Explicit Content. Cordy is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage minor at a YMCA summer camp in Marion County. The suspect worked at the camp as councilor located at Silver Falls State Park between the months of June and August of 2016.
In addition to his work with the YMCA, Cordy is a 2nd grade teacher at Holley Elementary School in Sweet Home. Currently the Sheriff's Office has no information to support that there are any additional victims outside of the YMCA camp.
The YMCA of Marion and Polk Counties and the Sweet Home School District have been actively assisting the Sheriff's Office during its investigation. The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information regarding Cordy to please call Detective Matt Hagan at 503-316-6605. Cordy is set to appear at the Marion County Circuit Court annex at 3 p.m. today.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety team will be adding additional patrols during the month of February. Deputies will be putting on their uniforms and taking to the roadways to detect dangerous driving behaviors like DUII, Distracted Driving and Seat Belt usage.
The Sheriff's Office will begin its first patrols this Super Bowl weekend working to detect and arrest drivers who choose to operate their vehicles under the influence. Building on the theme of Super Bowl Sunday, deputies will round out the month with a safety belt "blitz."
Did you know that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the western states boast the highest percentage of seatbelt usage at 95% in 2015? Sadly though, three people will lose their lives to drunk driving just in the time it takes to watch a football game. So please if you are out celebrating with a drink or a smoke please don't get behind the wheel.
On February 1st, the Marion County Sheriff's Office was informed that Bradley Monical, age 46 and Brian Eller, age 40 were indicted on the charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder, Assault 1, Escape 1, Strangulation and Assaulting a Public Safety Officer.
The charges stem from an alleged assault in November of 2016, of Marion County Deputy Sheriff Stacy Headrick, a 14 year veteran with the Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office is not releasing any further details regarding the investigation and is referring any questions to the Marion County District Attorney's Office.
Over the past two nights deputies have been searching for Levi Read, age 27, of Salem. Sunday night, deputies chased Mr. Read in a stolen Honda car that he ditched near Portland Road NE near the Labish Village. At the time of the chase deputies believe Mr. Read was armed with a shotgun.
On Monday night deputies responded back to the same area after a sighting of Mr. Read but were unable to locate him, they did however recover the shotgun. Mr. Read is the same man that earlier this summer, July 1st, ran over a deputy's foot while fleeing in a vehicle.
Mr. Read is a white male, 6'00" tall, 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Mr. Read has several outstanding felony warrants for his arrest for the charges of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Attempting to Elude the Police and Assaulting a Public Safety Officer. Mr. Read should be considered dangerous and deputies ask that you do not attempt to apprehend him.
If you know where or how to locate Mr. Read you can text your anonymous tips to If you know the location of Mr. Read you can call MCSO at 503-588-5032 or text your anonymous tip to 847411 in the body of the text please include TipMCSO followed by your message.
Today investigators were notified by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office that the remains of the five individuals found in the deadly fire on January 3rd on Fobert Road NE have been positively identified as the Kroeker family.
Based on all the information known by the Marion County Sheriff's Office at this time, this case remains an active homicide investigation, specifically focused on murder/suicide.
The Sheriff's Office is still not prepared to comment on evidence or specific information at this time, and detectives are continuing their thorough investigation into this tragedy. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Marion County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503-540-8079.
Family has asked that media refrain from contacting them during their time of grieving.
Yesterday, the Marion County Sheriff's Office announced the recovery of five bodies from Tuesday's fire at 18950 Fobert Road Northeast, Marion County, Oregon. The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office has now performed an autopsy on each body and has determined that all three children and the adult male died of a gunshot wound to the head. The adult female died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Based on all the information known by the Marion County Sheriff's Office at this time, this case remains an active homicide investigation, specifically focused on murder/suicide. The Sheriff's office does not believe that there is any immediate danger to the public.
The Sheriff's Office is not prepared to comment on evidence or specific information at this time, and detectives will be working diligently over the next several weeks to continue its thorough investigation. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Marion County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503-540-8079.
The Kroeker's immediately family has asked that media refrain from contacting them during their time of grieving.
Over the past two days, Investigators have recovered the remains of 5 individuals inside of the Kroeker residence. Detectives can confirm that the remains found are of an adult male, one adult female and three children. Although the remains appear consistent with that of the Kroeker family, confirmation of identity is made through the medical examiner.
Investigators are still combing through the piles of debris in an attempt to determine exactly what took place Tuesday morning. The Sheriff's Office investigation is progressing but is continually slowed by the size of the scene, weather, and amount of destruction, which needs to be secured for the safety of investigators. The Sheriff's Office is not prepared to comment on any details of the investigation, but we do not believe there is any immediate danger to the public.
"Sheriff Jason Myers was quoted as saying, "First and foremost I extend my condolences to the Kroeker family. While this investigation is not yet complete, I would like to thank and recognize the 100 plus first responders, investigators and support personnel from various local, state and federal agencies who continue to work tirelessly during this difficult and complex investigation."
The Sheriff's Office believes it will be on scene at the Kroeker residence for the remainder of today and into tomorrow. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further releases today regarding the investigation.
Investigators have worked all day searching and sifting through debris from Tuesday's fire. Investigators have made steady progress during their search but their efforts have been slowed because of the amount of damage to the structures and the adverse weather conditions.
Investigators do believe that all three fires were intentionally set and are treating this as a criminal investigation. The Sheriff's Office is not currently releasing any information regarding the person found inside the residence or any information regarding the evidence found during today's search.
Searchers will work until conditions such as darkness and cold weather hinder their investigative efforts. The Sherriff's Office will remain on scene overnight and investigators will return tomorrow to resume their efforts.
Last night Detectives and heavy equipment operators with Marion County Public Works stabilized the residence as firefighters extinguished many of the remaining hot spots inside the residence. Today investigators from several law enforcement and fire agencies will begin the task of sifting through debris to determine what took place during yesterday's fire.
The investigative process will be lengthy and made difficult by our current weather conditions. Additional information will be made available as the investigation unfolds that time frame however is not yet known.
Investigators are continuing with their efforts to determine what caused this morning's fatal fire near Hubbard. The Sheriff's Office and its partners will be working through the night and into tomorrow stabilizing the residence and sifting through the debris in an attempt to discover what took place early this morning.
The Sheriff's Office can confirm that the residence where this morning's fire took place belongs to Erin Kroeker, age 39 and Keith Kroeker age 42 and their three children ages 10 and 7. Currently the Kroekers whereabouts are unknown and anyone with information about the ongoing investigation is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032.
The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further releases this evening.
This morning around 3:00 a.m., firefighters were called to the 18000 block of Fobert Road NE near Hubbard. When firefighters arrived they found 3 separate structures on fire. Firefighter's efforts were initially hampered by a live power line and a lack of water resources on scene.
At 3:30 a.m., firefighters found one deceased person inside the residence and notified law enforcement. Fireman from 7 separate fire agencies engaged in the firefighting efforts and those efforts are still continuing.
The Sheriff's Office is on scene and is the lead agency for the investigation. The Sheriff's Office is being assisted by members of the Marion County Fire Investigation Team or MCFIT Team. The MCFIT Team is comprised of specialized investigators from the Oregon State Police and the State Fire Marshal's Office.
Currently investigators are waiting for the building to cool before they enter to begin their investigation and that time frame is not yet known. The Sheriff's Office does not have any information regarding the deceased person and we are working to determine who currently lives in the residence.
Updates will be released as more information becomes available.