Second suspect arrested in Selma double homicide
A Cave Junction man has been charged in the murders of two men whose bodies were found in a burned vehicle near Selma earlier this spring.
Michael Lawrence Moehring, 42, of Happy Camp, California, is held in the Josephine County Jail on murder and arson charges accusing him of playing a role alongside co-suspect Harley Edward Boitz, 26, in the shooting deaths of 24-year-old Daniel Thomas Hill and 26-year-old Paul Martin Folk, and attempting to dispose of their bodies in a burning vehicle March 24.
Oregon State Police, the U.S. Marshals Service and Eugene police officers arrested Moehring Monday morning at a Linn County rest area and transferred to the Josephine County Jail Tuesday, according to a news release issued by OSP.
Moehring made his initial court appearance Wednesday in Josephine County Circuit Court, where he was ordered held without bail.
Police have released few details about the alleged roles of Moehring and Boitz in the homicides, but both men face two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of first-degree abuse of a corpse and at least one arson charge.
First-responders found the bodies of Hill and Folk in the wreckage of a van after the vehicle was spotted burning on a forest road roughly six miles from McMullen Creek Road at about 12:50 p.m. March 24.
At midnight, a police shooting occurred at a nearby staging area on a fork of the logging road near Kerby Mainline Road.
Josephine County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jim Geiger was later found to have been justified for shooting at a small truck near the police staging area that did not obey police commands and rapidly backed up before fleeing the scene.
Geiger fired five rounds at the vehicle and dived into a ditch to avoid being run over, and the vehicle got away.
Boitz was arrested a week later during a traffic stop in Cave Junction, and he remains an inmate held in the Josephine County Jail.
Trial dates have not been set for the men, court records show, and both suspects are held without bail. Boitz’s next hearing is scheduled for May 10, and Moehring’s next appearance is set for May 12.
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