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OSP arrests L.A. woman wanted for killing mother

Oregon State Police troopers arrested a Los Angeles homicide suspect early Friday morning at an Interstate 5 rest stop north of Medford, officials said.

The suspect is wanted in connection with the murder of her mother in Los Angeles, OSP said in a news release.

Los Angeles Police Department officials responded to a 911 call at 8:15 p.m. Thursday and found a woman dead with a gunshot wound. Police believe Laura Purviance, 24, shot her 61-year-old mother during a domestic dispute.

Purviance has been lodged in the Jackson County Jail. LAPD detectives are traveling to Oregon to speak with her, officials said.

OSP detectives are assisting LAPD homicide detectives with the investigation.

OSP Lt. Gregg Hastings said Purviance was taken into custody without incident.

"It all went smoothly," Hastings said.

LAPD had been searching for Purviance since her mother's body was found inside her home. Detectives there believe the shooting was not an accident, but a planned killing.

LAPD detectives developed information during their investigation leading them to believe Purviance had fled Southern California and was heading to Oregon, Hastings said.

"They learned some things that suggested she was at the rest area," Hastings said. "We responded quickly and spotted her car there and nabbed her."

Hastings did not know whether Purviance had connections to Oregon or had just headed north in an attempt to flee prosecution.

OSP often works with police agencies in California and Washington when a fugitive is believed to be on the run.

"Interstate 5 has such a strong influence on the West Coast that we see them traveling either north or south on the freeway," Hastings said.

OSP troopers were put on alert last week when former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner went on a shooting rampage in Los Angeles. Southern California law enforcement put out word to keep an eye out for Dorner's car should he have tried to make a run for it northbound, Hastings said.

It is unknown when Purviance will be shipped back to Los Angeles to make her first court appearance.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471 or email cconrad@mailtribune.com.