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BEND, OR -- Police say a body found in Deschutes County is believed to be that of 23-year-old Kaylee Sawyer. She went missing early Sunday morning after she walked away from her boyfriend's car near Central Oregon Community College.

 

Bend Police Chief Jim Porter said, "Presently, we're processing a scene in Deschutes County with what we believe contains Kaylee's body. We're not going to discuss any further where that location is, but we have reason to believe that is in fact her we recovered. Her family has been made aware of this, but we will have to have the Coroner confirm who she is." Few details of Sawyer's death were released due to a gag order imposed by a Deschutes County Judge. 

 

Authorities in California arrested 31-year-old Edwin Lara, of Redmond, Tuesday morning, following a string of alleged crimes along I-5. Lara is a part-time campus security officer at COCC and is married to a rookie Bend Police officer. His wife tipped off authorities Monday that her husband could be involved in Sawyer's disappearance. 

 

Read more about events that led to Lara's arrest in California

 

"I want to remind you how we're 36-hours into this, so we still have a great deal of information to go through; we have a great deal of interviews to conduct," Chief Porter said Tuesday. "It's moved along very rapidly. We were very lucky this woman came forward and pointed us in the right direction, immediately. And then, we're very lucky that we have officers willing to go 36 hours without sleep to honor the victim and move through this." Investigators say Lara's wife is now on leave from the department and is fully cooperating, while the suspect is expected to be charged with murder.

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