Person of interest wanted in death investigation, could have firearm with him

TROY DAWSON (Oregon State Police)

Police are investigating a fire and death that happened on the 1500 block of Board Shanty Creek off North Applegate Rd in Murphy on Friday.

Rural Metro Fire and ODF Southwest Oregon District responded to a fully involved 5th wheel RV trailer that had spread to approximately 1/10th of an acre of grass.

Early information regarding possible suspicious activities on scene required fire units to stage.

Multiple law enforcement units assisted in helping to secure the scene allowing firefighters a quick entry to control the fire.

The fire had burned itself out without threatening any nearby homes.

During an investigation authorities located a deceased body.

As a precaution Rural Metro Station 1 was placed under lockdown as part of the fire and death investigation.

Officers are searching for a person of interest identified as 24-year-old Troy M. Dawson of Murphy was last seen fleeing the scene on foot.

Dawson is described as 5'10, weighing 170 pounds, slight build and is balding. He was last seen wearing a Dark Blue Dodge Ram T-shirt, grey sweatpants, grey wool socks, and no shoes.

Officers believe that he maybe armed with a firearm and are asking the public not to approach him.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts are asked to call 911 immediately.

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