Klamath Falls Murder Suspect Identified

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Sat, February 16 2013 at 1:23 PM, Updated: Sat, February 16 2013 at 1:29 PM

Police have identified a suspect in connection with a Klamath Falls murder...

65 year old Larry Wayne Clark was found dead in his Klamath Falls home late Tuesday afternoon...and police believe the man that killed him is behind bars in Las Vegas.

That suspect is 34 year old Zane Sterling Skeen, a former neighbor of Clark's.

Skeen was arrested Saturday, February 9th following a 120 mph chase that began in Arizona, and ended with a near head-on collision in Utah.

The two people in the other vehicle suffered only minor injuries in the crash.

It's believed that Larry Wayne Clark's former wife Carla Clark loaned Skeen her car.

While investigators aren't releasing details of an autopsy, Jeff Manning of the Oregon Department of Justice confirmed that Larry Wayne Clark died as the result of 'homicidal violence'.

A retired Navy veteran, Clark is survived by his mother, a twin brother, and two sisters.

The murder is still under investigation by the Klamath County Majore Crime Team.

Police haven't released any information as to what may have prompted the killing.


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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