Klamath Falls Death Investigation

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, February 13 2013 at 5:07 PM, Updated: Wed, February 13 2013 at 5:19 PM

A death investigation is now underway in a Klamath Falls neighborhood...But police aren't releasing any details.

It's believed that a dead body was found in this home on Lindley Way late Tuesday afternoon.

Police stayed on scene overnight, but they're not releasing any information.

Neighbor Stern Skeen offered a clue as to the person's possible identity...

"His name's Wayne.  Clark, I think.  That's about all I know."

The Klamath County Major Crime Team has been activated, and the home was processed this afternoon by forensics specialists from the Oregon State Police. 

If the man IS Wayne Clark, investigators aren't saying yet how he may have died...and neighbors are providing few clues.

"He was a decent guy."  Notes Stern Skeen.  "I fed his fish, stuff like that - but we didn't know each other personal."

"Yeah, I knew him quite a bit."  Says neighbor Sonia Foster.  "The kids knew him.  Wayne retired, what, four or five years ago from the railroad."

The situation is complicated by the fact that Klamath County is now without a district attorney...And police aren't allowed to talk with the media about the incident.

The case is being handled through the Oregon Attorney General's Office, and they haven't released any information.  That has some people wondering if there's a killer on the loose in their neighborhood, or not. 

A Major Crime Team activation allows for the resources of all police agencies in Klamath Falls, including the Oregon State Police, the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, and the Klamath Falls Police Department.

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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