LEBANON, Ore. - The murder of an outdoorsman who made his living as a trapper in the Oregon Cascades is under investigation, the local sheriff says.
The parents of 48-year-old Wayne Keith Klavano found him dead at his remote campsite in the Cascade Mountains of eastern Linn County, where Klavano made his living as a trapper, Sheriff Tim Mueller said.
Mueller declined to describe how Klavano died to protect the investigation. He did call the crime a "murder" and referred to Klavano's injuries as the result of "homicidal violence."
Here's the chain of events so far, according to the sheriff:
On July 30, at approximately 6:15 p.m., Keith and Sharon Klavano, of Lebanon, reported to the Sheriff's Office they had found the body of their son, Wayne Keith Klavano, age 48, at his campsite located in a remote area off of the Upper Soda Fork Road about 10 miles north of Highway 20.
Wayne Klavano had a scheduled appointment in Lebanon at 4:30 p.m. that afternoon and when he did not arrive his parents became concerned and went to his campsite to check on him.
Linn County Detectives spent Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday processing the scene for evidence.
Mr. Klavano was an avid outdoorsman who spent a considerable amount of time camping in the Cascade Mountain Range of Eastern Linn County making his living as a trapper, Mueller said.
Detectives are continuing to investigate the case and have developed significant leads and do not believe there is a threat to the general public.
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