Death Near Chiloquin Triggers Homicide Investigation

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Tue, August 27 2013 at 4:42 PM, Updated: Tue, August 27 2013 at 4:54 PM

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is busy tonight investigating a homicide, after a 28 year old man was found dead near Chiloquin...

The victim has been identified as Cheng Saechao, who was found dead on a county road.

"Mister Saechao has been around locally for a short period of time, we believe."  Noted Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge.  "But he's from the Portland area."

The incident took place just before 8 Monday night near the junction of South Chiloquin Road and Highway 62.

Evidence suggests that Saechao may have hit the ground from a moving vehicle.

None of the witnesses we spoke to wished to appear on camera.  Several said that they were curious as to whether the man jumped, or was pushed from the car.

"Something happened from a moving vehicle."  Said D.A. Patridge.  "But we're not sure as to cause of death, and final injuries."

Police identified 33 year old David Guy Mogelberg as a person of interest in the case.

Patridge adds that Mogelberg turned himself in to police at about 1:30 this afternoon in Sprague River...

"We're currently talking with Mister Mogelberg, and proceeding with the investigation with him.  We still have one unidentified person of interest out there, we're trying to identify that person."

That person is only identified at this time as an adult white male, there may also be an additional person involved.

Police are asking for help from the public in solving the crime.

Police have located a Jeep Cherokee that had been identified as a possible suspect vehicle, that vehicle is now being processed by investigators.

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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