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News Release from: Oregon State Police




Posted: June 1st, 2012 4:55 PM


The investigation into the death of an adult male Wednesday in Harney County is continuing by Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division detectives with the assistance of the Harney County District Attorney's Office.


Information authorized for release by the Harney County District Attorney's Office indicates the ongoing investigation using fingerprints confirmed the deceased man is PHILLIP LLOYD FERGUSON (aka: ROY VERNON COX), age 62. FERGUSON was sought by the FBI in relation to a fraud investigation in Indiana several years ago. In 2004, the America's Most Wanted television show highlighted the case and search for FERGUSON. Questions regarding the investigation should be directed to the FBI in Indianapolis, Indiana.


On June 1, 2012 an autopsy was conducted by Oregon State Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson confirming the cause of death was from a single gunshot wound to the head by a small caliber firearm.


No other information to be released at this time. No photograph available for this release.


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