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Woman slain in east Medford

A 38-year-old California man is being held on a charge of murder in the slaying of an east Medford woman Monday morning.

Medford police found Noemi Ruiz, 32, lying dead in her driveway in the 2000 block of Hill Way after a neighbor called 911 shortly before 7:30 a.m. Ruiz had been "stabbed multiple times," according to a Medford police news release, though a final cause of death won't be determined until after an autopsy.

Acting on a tip by Medford police, Red Bluff officers arrested Enrique Solis-Garcia, of Red Bluff, on a charge of murder at about 11 a.m. He was lodged in the Tehama Count Jail on a no-bail warrant awaiting extradition back to Jackson County.

"We believe that the suspect and victim were known to each other," Lt. Kerry Curtis said Monday morning. "We're working diligently to put the pieces of this puzzle together."

Curtis said the homicide appeared to be "an isolated incident." Police did not find a weapon at the scene and believe the man could have discarded it, the release said.

Responding law enforcement included Medford police, a deputy medical examiner from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, and the Oregon State Police Crime Lab. Law enforcement closed Hill Way between Wabash Street and Keene Way for most of the day as they continued their investigation.

— Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.

Police investigate the death of a woman found lying near the sidewalk Monday morning on Hill Way in Medford. Photo by Denise Baratta
Enrique Solis-Garcia