ALBANY, Ore. - Over a quarter century after Thomas Hyland's disappearance Lane County Sheriff's Deputies have taken a man into custody as a suspect in his case.
About two years after Hyland disappeared in 1987, a group of mushroom pickers located some human remains while hunting in the upper-Calapooia area outside of Sweet Home. Officials identified them as 35-year-old Hyland; a forensics iteam determined he had been shot.
Detectives had a suspect, however without any hard evidence the case went cold. That is, until some new information surfaced in 2008 leading the Linn County Sheriff's Office back to their original suspect - Dennis Beach.
"Over the years, people may sometimes be willing to talk to us. Maybe 20 years later, when they wouldn't at the time," said Linn County Undersheriff Bruce Riley.
Linn County detectives issued an arrest warrant September 30. The next day Linn County Detectives and local law enforcement went to Beach's house in Dayton, Nevada and took him into custody.
Beach is currently in jail in Lyon County while detectives wait for his extradition to Oregon.
"Time has a way of softening some of those things that have happened," said Undersheriff Riley.
This is the second cold case arrest Linn County Sheriff's Office made in 2013.