UPDATE: A Eugene man, Johan Stefon Gillette has been arrested on two counts of felony murder. The victim has been identified as 73-year-old James Gillette. The identity of the second victim has not been confirmed.
EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) -- A death investigation continues on a huge piece of property just south of Eugene where one person has been confirmed dead, another injured and a criminal investigation is underway.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) began investigating the death on Friday evening, September 8, 2012, around 7PM at a home on Needham Road off Lorane Highway.
So far, LCSO hasn’t released the name, ages or genders of anyone involved in the case. One person was found dead in the home and another person was found injured.
It is unclear if any weapons were used in the case and so far, no one has been arrested.
Saturday investigators spent the day combing the scene for more evidence on the 650-acre piece of property. Several volunteer members of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue helped on scene Saturday, using machetes to clear brush and look for evidence on the property.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office says the enormous size of property has taxed resources greatly. With the help of the Oregon State Police crime lab, investigators have yet to clear the scene and are expected to be there through Saturday and possibly Sunday, September 9, 2012.
Detectives say the property is used by many different people, some of whom board animals there.
"There are multiple residences and then there's also structures being lived in that wouldn't necessarily be called a residence,” said Cliff Harrold, a detective sergeant for the Lane County Sheriff’s Office in an interview with NewsSource 16 on Saturday.
“At this point, there's no indication that there's any on-going threat to the public with respects to this incident,” says Sergeant Harrold.
The Sheriff’s Office began investigating the incident after neighbors went inside the home to check o” the people inside. It’s unclear why they were checking on the residence; however, neighbors called 911 when they realized something was wrong and that it appeared a crime had been committed.
LCSO is hoping to release more information in this case after the weekend.