Oregon men identified after bodies found in Oak Run – Double murder investigation continuing
UPDATED: Wednesday, Dec. 1, 8:16 a.m., With release of victims’ names and other details.
Originally Published: Tuesday, Nov. 30, 10:22 a.m.
OAK RUN, Calif., — Officials have confirmed that what began as a suspicious death investigation has transitioned to a double murder investigation after two Oregon men were found deceased in the Oak Run area, south of Round Mountain, early Monday evening, Nov. 29.
The victims have been identified as 32-year-old, Meba Solomon Getachew, from Ashland, Oregon, and 33-year-old, Gunnar Eliot Yeager, from Medford, Oregon.
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Official radio traffic at the time indicated that Shasta County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to reports of a “suspicious circumstances” call in the area of Zig Zag Lane and Oak Run to Fern Road around 4:45 p.m. after a passerby called 911 to report possibly finding two bodies near two vehicles.
Flight radar during last night’s investigation showed the flight path of CHP’s H-16 as the aviation crew circled the location where two deceased bodies were discovery last night.
While responding to the area deputies requested assistance from California Highway Patrol’s Northern Division Air Operations, at which time a helicopter crew was launched to the area.
Once overhead, CHP’s H-16 quickly located two vehicles, described over the radio only as a sedan and pickup truck, with two bodies seen on the ground nearby. Using their onboard Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera, aviation crew members reported no heat sources coming from the vehicles or bodies, and deputies soon confirmed finding two deceased men.
Deputies at the scene determined the men had died from “apparent gunshot wounds,” Shasta County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit Detective Sergeant Chris Edwards explained after the victims’ names were released last night.
Deputies secured the area as a crime scene and detectives with the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit responded to the location and took over the investigation.
“Further information as to motives or other investigative information will not be released at this time,” Edwards said; adding, “At this time, there is no indication the general public’s safety is at risk.”
SCSO’s investigation is continuing and detectives are actively conducting follow up to determine the person or persons responsible for the fatal shooting, said Edwards.
Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to immediately contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (530) 245-6135 or by email. Callers can refer to incident file number 21S038450 and can remain anonymous.
This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.
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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).
Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.
Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.
Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.