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2 dead in Wimer area shooting, armed suspect still on the loose

Homicide detectives are scouring a rural property in the Wimer area following a Wednesday afternoon shooting that left two people dead, and an armed suspect possibly still hiding in the woods.

Joshua Robert Miller, 35, is wanted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and believed to be armed and dangerous following a shooting that left two people dead shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday on property in the 15000 block of East Evans Creek Road. Moran said the property has a Rogue River ZIP code, but is closer to the Wimer area.

A witness told sheriff's deputies that prior to the shooting, he and two other men went onto the property to pick up an item from Miller. However, shortly after they arrived Miller allegedly pulled out a firearm and shot two of the men, according to Moran.

"The men all knew each other," Moran said, adding that after the shooting "the witness then fled and called law enforcement."

When sheriff's deputies arrived on the property, however, the bodies were not where the witness saw the men fall.

Sheriff's deputies had less than an hour of daylight to search a property that Moran estimated to be more than 30 acres. After a short search involving aerial resources, sheriff's deputies locked down the property until morning.

"It wasn't really safe to go into the remainder of the property," Moran said.

Thursday the sheriff's office brought a SWAT team and K9 unit to the rural property to assist homicide detectives and investigators with the multi-agency Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit.

Investigators found the bodies about half a mile from where they were shot, according to Moran. A side-by-side Polaris all-terrain vehicle believed to have transported the bodies.

Names have not been released because the victims' next of kin have not yet been notified.

As of Thursday evening, Miller had not yet been found and Moran said police haven't found evidence determining if Miller is still hiding in the woods or if he has left the area.

"That area's an amazing network of trails," Moran said, "It's possible that he contacted someone ... we have not ruled anything out."

Miller is described as 5-feet-10, 185 pounds, with sandy blond hair and blue eyes. Moran said Miller should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about Miller’s whereabouts was advised not to approach him and to call 911 immediately.

"Residents should continue to take precautions," Moran said.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

Joshua Robert Miller, 35, is wanted as a suspect in a shooting off East Evans Creek Road in Rogue River, according to this photo released by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911.
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