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CJ shooting victim linked to murder investigation

CAVE JUNCTION — Authorities have released few details about this weekend's shooting death of a Cave Junction man who was a person of interest in a murder investigation last year.

Michael Clyde MacDonald, 61, was found dead after Oregon State Police responded to a 911 call reporting a shooting in the 6000 block of Rockydale Road, outside of Cave Junction, at 3:35 p.m. Saturday. He had suffered at least one gunshot wound, police said.

An autopsy will be conducted this week, according to OSP. No arrests have been made in connection with the death.

Last year, MacDonald was named a person of interest in the killing of 39-year-old Aaron Clouser, who was found stabbed in the 200 block of West Millie Street on the night of Nov. 5, 2013.

MacDonald was arrested shortly after the slaying, but no charges were filed against him in connection with Clouser's death and he was eventually released.

Investigators later turned their focus to 44-year-old Daniel Martinson, whom they named a suspect in the Clouser killing in early July. Martinson turned himself in on July 23 after a weeks-long manhunt that included a lengthy pursuit through remote areas of southeastern Josephine County.

Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings said he doesn't have information about whether MacDonald was still part of the investigation into the Clouser slaying.

MacDonald's shooting prompted chatter on several community Facebook sites, where there were many questions about what had happened and whether there was a murderer on the loose.

Hastings said this morning, "At this point in time, we're not aware of any danger to the public. We haven't identified any person who may be responsible for his death."

MacDonald's death is the third possible homicide being investigated in Josephine County this year. There was also a killing at a Sunny Valley campsite in April and a fatal stabbing at the now-defunct Red Rock Lounge in Grants Pass in March. Arrests have been made in both of those cases.

Anyone with information on the case involving MacDonald is asked to call OSP's Southern Command Dispatch Center at 541-776-6611.

Reach reporter Melissa McRobbie at 541-474-3721 or mmcrobbie@thedailycourier.com.