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Southern Oregon Homicide Suspect On The Run

JACKSONVILLE, OR -- Authorities in Southern Oregon are searching for a man believed to be involved in an overnight homicide. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives were on-scene early Thursday morning in rural Jacksonville, outside of Medford. The dispatch center received a call at 2:26 a.m. for a shooting at a residence in the 14000 block of Upper Applegate Road. JCSO deputies responded, discovered the scene was a homicide, and notified Criminal Investigations Division (CID) detectives and Medical Examiners. A primary suspect has been identified and is on-the-run. The victim identification is pending next-of-kin notification.

The suspect, 64-year-old Michael Wayne Ray of Jacksonville, is described as a white male with blue eyes and grey hair, 5’9” tall, weighing 190 lbs. (pictured). He is considered armed and dangerous. If you see the suspect, do not approach, instead call 911 immediately.  

This case is active and ongoing with detectives following additional leads. Oregon State Police and Medford Police detectives are assisting as part of a Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) call out. 

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