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Death Investigation Underway In Madras Homeless Camp

MADRAS, OR -- Madras Police are investigating the death of a 36-year-old man whose body was discovered Tuesday morning in a homeless camp near Willow Creek. His identity has not been released.

Investigators arrested 54-year-old Johnson Heath, Sr. a few hours later. He’s scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon on Manslaughter and Homicide charges.

Sgt. Steve Webb issued a statement Wednesay, saying, “Madras Police Department was successful in this case due to partnerships and assistance from several including Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Prineville Police Department, Warm Springs Police Department, Oregon State Police Crime Lab, Faith Based Network Warming Shelter, City of Madras Public Works, and members of the public. In this small, tight-knit community, we count on each other. Especially in a difficult situation like this, working together produces a quick resolution for the affected family and our community.”

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