Autopsies under way on murder victims

Autopsies are under way today on the five members of the Criado family killed in Monday's stabbing and arson fires allegedly committed by the family's father, Jordan Criado, inside their west Medford home.

Medford police Chief Tim George says Deputy State Medical Examiner Dr. James Olson is seeking to determine the cause of death of 30-year-old Tabasha Paige-Criado and her four children — 7-year-old Elijah, 6-year-old Isaac, 5-year-old Andrew and 2-year-old Aurora Elizabeth.

Investigators have said they believe the victims all died Monday from a combination of stab wounds and smoke inhalation in what is the largest single homicide case in Jackson County's modern history.

Meanwhile, police have remained mum on what evidence they seized Tuesday from the family's smoke-riddled home at 1027 W. 10th St., where mourners have created a memorial to the family.

A convicted child molester and registered sex offender in Jackson County, Criado remains in critical condition today at Rogue Valley Medical Center, where he is being treated for smoke inhalation under police custody.

Criado has not yet been charged in Monday's deaths.

Indictments containing multiple murder charges typically include at least one charge of aggravated murder, which could lead to the death penalty in Oregon upon conviction.

— Mark Freeman


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