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Man arrested in Medford motel homicide

The death of a California woman found early Friday in a Medford motel room has been ruled a homicide, and a man has been arrested.

Medford police found the body of Sierra Bree Clemens, 23, of Grass Valley, California, and evidence of a “violent disturbance” just after 4:30 a.m. Friday inside a bathroom at the Tiki Lodge, 509 N. Riverside Ave., according to Medford police.

Police forced their way into the room about 4:38 a.m., according to Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau, after no one came to the door while police investigated reports of a disturbance in the room. As police worked their way inside, officers heard someone going out the bathroom window, Budreau said.

At 5:55 a.m., a Medford police K-9 found a man hiding in a dumpster behind a business in the 500 block of North Bartlett Street, according to Budreau. The man was arrested after being bitten by the police dog.

Police did not immediately release the name of the man they arrested, but Budreau said police do not believe there are other suspects.

Budreau said detectives are still working to piece together what happened, and Clemens’ manner of death is still under investigation.

Police have ruled out domestic violence as a factor in the case, according to Budreau, who said police found no evidence the suspect or Clemens were in a relationship.