Neighbors on Edge in Rogue River While Police Investigate a Double Murder

, Posted in Local, Posted: Mon, January 13 2014 at 10:35 PM, Updated: Wed, January 15 2014 at 8:57 AM

A big crime in a small town. This is a scene Kelly Foster says he is not used to seeing.

He says "don't see a lot of crime, don't necessarily hear about a lot of crime and that's part of the reason we live out here is just because of that."

But Friday, Jackson County Sheriff Deputies arrived at a home on Evans Creek Road. And found more than they bargained for. They say they were coming after 65-year-old Susan Monica for identity theft. According to court documents, she admitted using a Robert Haney's Oregon Trail card knowing Haney had died. But when they got to Monica's home they say they found evidence of murder. Monica is now charged with murdering someone in August 2012, and someone else in September of 2013.

Court documents also say she mutilated and dismembered both bodies. At a press conference Monday,  Jackson County Sheriff's Detective Julie Denney did not say what evidence they found.  And are not releasing any details about the victims.

She says "it's up to the medical examiners office to determine a cause and manner of death. The most important thing at this time is we have a suspect at this time."

Deputies would not allow us to get close to the scene. But all of this law enforcement had neighbors concerned. But some were saying they are not surprised that Monica is in police custody.  One neighbor tells us,  Monica admitted to having homicidal tendencies.  Rogue river resident Kelley Foster says it's all just happening too close to home.

He says "I walk my dog on this road everyday so it's become a home for us, but little nervous it's right here in our backyard, so it's definitely an eye opener."

Monica does not have much of a criminal history in Jackson County.  In 2001, she was convicted of reckless endangering and resisting arrest.  Stay with NBC 5 news for more on this developing story.

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