- Associated Press - Saturday, May 10, 2014

SWEET HOME, Ore. (AP) - Linn County sheriff’s detectives have made an arrest in the case of a man who was killed and left in a pond on an 80-acre ranch south of Sweet Home, the sheriff said Friday night.

Sheriff Bruce Riley said Donald Matzke, 43, of Sweet Home, was arrested Friday in the death of 56-year-old Tim Miller. The investigation indicates the two men had been drinking together at the Rockin Red Ranch on the night of May 1 when an argument broke out and Miller was stabbed, the sheriff said.

Matzke was booked into the county jail for investigation of murder and robbery. Detectives believe Matzke stole money from Miller after his death, Riley said.

Miller’s son reported him missing Tuesday. His body was found Wednesday.

Miller lived in Sweet Home but sometimes stayed at the rural property where people camped in makeshift shelters, the sheriff said earlier.

Riley said there’s a farm house on the property, and several people come and go, using the land to camp.

Detectives believe Matzke acted alone and there were no witnesses, the sheriff said.

Sweet Home is southeast of Salem.



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