PRINEVILLE, OR -- A Crook County man is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, following an apparent murder-suicide attempt, early Tuesday. A neighbor at the Lakeshore RV Park called 911, just after 6:30 a.m., to report an elderly woman was at her door with blood on her face. She called back a few minutes later to report smoke coming from the trailer next door.
When law enforcement arrived, they discovered 70-year-old Frank Young still inside the travel trailer, which was on fire. One Prineville Police Officer and a Sheriff's Deputy forced their way in, pulled the man out and put the flames out with fire extinguishers. Young was eventually flown to the Legacy Burn Center in Portland.
Investigators believe he intentionally set the fire with the woman inside, in an attempt to take both their lives. She was able to break free and get help. She suffered minor injuries and is receiving help from the Red Cross and the Crook County Victim’s Advocate.
UPDATE (09/20/18): According to the Crook County Sheriff's Office, Young died at a Portland hospital, Wednesday evening, as a result of his injuries. They say the case is now closed.