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CROOKED RIVER RANCH, OR -- Oregon State Police and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office are searching for a 20-year-old man in connection with a double murder discovered Friday evening, inside a Crooked River Ranch home. 


Police received a report of a shooting at the home on SW Sand Ridge 

Road, just before 7 p.m. When officers responded, they found two adults deceased inside. A neighbor reported hearing the gunshots and witnessed pickup leave the area. 


Investigators suspect Mitchell Julio Morris, of Crooked River Ranch, is involved in the case. He's 5'10", 150 pounds with black hair. He may be driving a red and black 1989 Chevrolet S-10 pickup with an extended cab, Oregon license 689EZV.


The identities of the victims are being withheld, pending family notification. More information will be released as it becomes available. 


11:40 a.m. UPDATE: Morris was located and arrested at 11:20 a.m. Saturday, in Salem. The vehicle of interest was also located. 


4:30 p.m. UPDATE: The victims have been identified as 18-year-old Bailee Ray Southwick and 21-year-old Mackenzie Lyman. Both lived at the house where they were shot, along with Morris. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and OSP are asking for the public's help in tracking Morris' whereabouts between the Friday night shooting and his Saturday arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call OSP at 503-375-3555.

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