CROOKED RIVER RANCH, OR -- The Tri-County Major Crimes Team is investigating a weekend homicide in Crooked River Ranch and has now named a suspect.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home on SW Dove Road on Sunday, where they discovered the body of 65-year-old Gayla Smith. Investigators are now searching for her son, 29-year-old Gavin Smith-Brown, who lived with Smith.
He’s associated with a charcoal black 2010 Subaru Outback with Oregon plates 372-HFH. He has known ties to the Portland area and Las Vegas.
Oregon State Police say if you see the suspect, do not attempt to contact him. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911.
WEDNESDAY P.M. UPDATE (06/06/18): State Police say Smith-Brown may now be driving a 2013 Subaru Outback with Oregon plates 650-HGT, black with black rims.
THURSDAY A.M. UPDATE (06/07/18): Oregon State police confirms the Crooked River Ranch man suspected of killing his mother last weekend, is now in custody. 29-year-old Gavin Smith-Brown was arrested this morning in Tualatin. FOX-12 in Portland reports the bomb squad detonated a suspicious item found in Smith-Brown's car, following his arrest. We will have more on this developing story as information becomes available.