Identity theft case leads to murder charges for Rogue River woman

A 65-year-old Rogue River woman faces murder and abuse of corpse charges in a case that began Friday as identity theft.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is remaining mum on its case against Susan Monica, not releasing any details about the case nor identifying the alleged victim.

Monica was arraigned this afternoon in Jackson County Circuit Court on two counts each of murder and first-degree abuse of a corpse as well as one count of identity theft.

Circuit Court Judge Lorenzo Mejia ordered Monica held without bail and she was returned to the Jackson County Jail.

Monica has been jailed since her arrest Friday on identity theft and third-degree theft charges, according to the sheriff's department. A subsequent search of her residence on the 9100 block of West Evans Creek Road turned up evidence of "further crimes," but the sheriff's department did not elaborate in a press release this afternoon.

The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office has not made a determination on the cause or manner of the victim's death, the release states.

Monica has a limited criminal history in Jackson County that includes a 2001 conviction for resisting arrest and recklessly endangering another person.

— Mark Freeman

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