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  • Sheriff: No more bodies at rural farm

    More than 50 holes dug in search; pigs owned by Susan Monica are euthanized
  • Investigators said Thursday they have found no new evidence of additional victims at the rural Rogue River farm of double-murder suspect Susan Monica.
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  • Investigators said Thursday they have found no new evidence of additional victims at the rural Rogue River farm of double-murder suspect Susan Monica.
    The Jackson County Sheriff's Department on Thursday wrapped up its three-week search of the 20-acre farm at 9184 W. Evans Creek Road, where Monica is accused of murdering and dismembering the bodies of two people over a 17-month span.
    The pigs to which Monica reportedly fed dead house pets and livestock have been euthanized and removed from the property. The buildings were deemed dangerous under county code, so anyone who enters the property without authorization faces trespass charges, the Sheriff's Department said Thursday in a release.
    Investigators dug more than 50 holes in search of evidence in the two murders for which Monica has been charged and for any potential new victims during their exhaustive search that officially ended Thursday morning.
    Monica is accused of murdering Robert Haney, a 56-year-old handyman and tenant, on the property in early September and another unidentified victim in early August 2012. An initial identity theft charge accused Monica of using Haney's Oregon Trail card without him being present, and investigators' search of Monica's farm in that case led to the discovery of human body parts, police said.
    Although Monica's indictment alleges that she dismembered the bodies, investigators have remained mum on how they believe Monica disposed of the bodies, what body parts were discovered and where they were found.
    Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert said investigators believe they know the identity of Monica's alleged 2012 victim, but they will not disclose any information about that person until they positively identify the body. Investigators may have to rely on dental records or a DNA match to a family member for that identification, Heckert said.
    "That's going to be a lengthy process," Heckert said Thursday.
    A welder by trade whose jail records list her at 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 260 pounds, Monica kept pigs and other livestock on the farm she bought in 1991.
    A former tenant told the Mail Tribune that she killed his two dogs and a cat and fed them to her pigs. A former employee also told the Mail Tribune that Monica talked openly about killing her and feeding her to the pigs after a falling out.
    Investigators have declined to say whether they suspect the pigs played any role in the homicides.
    Investigators had been at Monica's farm around the clock since they entered with their first search warrant Jan. 10 to investigate the identity theft charge, but detectives said they quickly found evidence of a homicide. Monica was indicted Jan. 14.
    Acquaintances, tenants and former employees described Monica as a "hoarder" who lived in somewhat squalid conditions and rarely bathed. She owned a backhoe, and her property was pockmarked with dimples and depressions, they said.
    Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or email at mfreeman@mailtribune.com.
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