Police have arrested James Edward Brown, 63, on the charges of Murder in the Second Degree following a death investigation at 96 Palmer Avenue in Cottage Grove.
Just before midnight on April 22, Brown called 911 to report his girlfriend was dead in the living quarters on the second floor of the location.
Cottage Grove Police Department (CGPD) officers arrived on scene and found a female victim deceased.
The name of the victim has not yet been released.
Brown was detained and later transported to the CGPD, where he provided a brief statement and later invoked his right to speak to an attorney.
CGPD treated the case as a homicide and a death investigation was launched.
“Officers found the circumstances suspicious,” said CGPD Chief Scott Shepherd. “Any time there is a death that is not readily explained, we treat it as a homicide.”
The Oregon Police Forensics Lab and Lane County District Attorney’s office provided resources in the investigation and the Eugene Police Department assisted with digital imaging.
Through investigations of the scene, area video surveillance and forensic evidence collected, it was determined that the female victim died as the result of blunt force trauma.
Based on evidence and interviews, Brown was arrested and charged with Murder in the Second Degree.
He was then transported and lodged at the Lane County Adult Corrections Facility on the charges.
Because this is an ongoing investigation and more evidence must be examined, CGPD stated in a press release that additional information may be released in the coming week.
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