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UPDATE: Homicide suspected in Myrtle Creek man’s death

The following story has been updated. The original version, posted Oct. 20, appears below.

MYRTLE CREEK — A 57-year-old man found dead Sunday morning was apparently the victim of homicide, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

William Joe Bruton, who was found dead in his home in the 100 block of Ulam Lane around 8:30 a.m., sheriff’s spokesman Dwes Hutson said.

Deputies concluded the death was suspicious when they arrived and called out the Douglas County Major Crimes Team.

Detectives released no other information about what aroused their suspicion or how Bruton died.

An autopsy was scheduled for today by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office.

A phone number listed for Bruton’s residence has been disconnected.

The major crimes team is made up of the sheriff’s office, Roseburg Police Department, Oregon State Police, Douglas County District Attorney’s Office and other local police agencies.

• Reporter Betsy Swanback can be reached at 541-957-4208 or bswanback@nrtoday.com.

MYRTLE CREEK — A 57-year-old Myrtle Creek man was found dead from suspicious causes Sunday morning in the 100 block of Ulam Lane, the Douglas County Sheriff’s office said today.

The man’s identity has not been released pending his family being notified.

Deputies responded to a report of a deceased man at 139 Ulam Lane around 8:30 a.m., authorities said. Deputies found the death was suspicious when they arrived and they called out the Douglas County Major Crimes Team.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday at the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s office.

The investigation is ongoing and the Sheriff’s office said no more information will be released today.


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The News-Review Updated Oct 22, 2013 04:46PM Published Oct 21, 2013 01:12PM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.