Saturday, May 26, 2007

Missing couple's motor home seized in Redmond, OR

Oregon State Police detectives investigating a missing McMinnville couple said Thursday they have seized the pair's motor home, found abandoned on BLM land in Central Oregon last summer.

OSP detectives, working with the McMinnville Police Department and Arizona Department of Public Safety, are trying to find Kenneth W. Miller, 73, and Betty Lou Japel, 69, said OSP Lt. Gregg Hastings.

A suspect in the investigation, Gregory Allen Cole, also known as "Ground Hog," was found dead Wednesday near Quartsite Arizona of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Arizona officials said. Cole, found in a dry wash off Highway 95, was the subject of an intense search in connection with the May 17th shooting of a Quartzite police officer during a traffic stop. The officer is now recovering from his wounds.

On Wednesday, OSP detectives seized the missing couple's 1976 Sportscoach 25-foot motor home after learning it was secured at the National Guard Tank Battalion facility in the Redmond area. Detectives learned the abandoned motor home was found by BLM personnel on the agency's property between May and July 2006 of last year.
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