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Person of interest in St. Helens homicide may be in Jackson County

Medford police say a 28-year-old man who is a person of interest in a recent St. Helens homicide may be in Jackson County, and police are asking people to call 911 if they see him.

Jesse Allen Lane is being sought by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office as a person of interest in the homicide of 24-year-old Apache Rose Hightower, Medford police said today on the agency's Facebook page.

Hightower was found dead outside St. Helens Sept. 20. Police later determined she was the victim of a homicide and named Lane as a person of interest this week. 

Lane's last known address is in Jackson County, according to The Associated Press. Court records show he has two open court cases here. One involves charges of third-degree robbery, first-degree theft and fourth-degree assault. The other is a misdemeanor assault case.

"Jesse is well known to law enforcement in our area, as we've had numerous dealings with him over the years," the Medford police Facebook post said. "Our most recent arrest with him was just last month."

Lane is described as white, 6-feet-1 and 185 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair, but he may have shaved his head. He has scarred eyebrows and numerous tattoos, including swastikas on both elbows and "187" on his left arm.

Lane should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Medford police posted two photos of Jesse Allen Lane on its Facebook page because Lane may have shaved his head.
Jesse Allen Lane