- The Washington Times - Monday, January 6, 2003

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) As Linda and Thom Martin cruised along Interstate 84 through desolate eastern Oregon, something about the gray van in front of them clicked.
"We see this van, we saw it at the same time, and we said, 'Oh, is that it? Is that the number?'" said Linda Martin, 58.
At the wheel was Edward Morris, who had eluded police for two weeks before he was captured Saturday and charged with killing his pregnant wife and three children along a snowy side road in the Tillamook State Forest.
Linda Martin had paid close attention to the case; her grandson had played on a soccer team with the oldest of the slain children.
The Martins, who are brother and sister, thought they spotted Mr. Morris about midday Saturday and started following the van. When he pulled in at a gas station in Durkee, Thom Martin, 50, got a look at the man behind the wheel. His head was shaved, but it looked like pictures of Mr. Morris that Mr. Martin had seen on TV.
Mr. Morris then drove into a drugstore parking lot, and the Martins called 911.
When he came out, the police were waiting.
Prosecutors had already charged Mr. Morris with murder in the slayings of his family. He was cooperative in the arrest, authorities said.
The bodies of Mr. Morris' wife, Renee, 31, and their children, Bryant, 10, Alexis, 8, and Jonathan, 4, were found by hunters Dec. 21. Police say the mother and children apparently were killed the day before, but they have yet to reveal how.
Mr. Morris was held overnight in the Baker County Jail. Tillamook County Sheriff Todd Anderson said he was being returned to Tillamook County.
Authorities had offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to Mr. Morris' arrest. The Martins said they have not been told if they are eligible. Sheriff Anderson said he thought they would be.
Mr. Morris' father, Paul, who had made public appeals to his son to surrender, was told of the arrest Saturday.
"I'm numb. I don't know what to say. I don't know what to do," Paul Morris said.
Authorities had said Mr. Morris should be considered armed and dangerous, although no weapon was found in his van.

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