Clackamas County property owner arrested for shooting, killing alleged trespassers

Photo: Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

Clackamas County, Ore. – Two people were killed and their bodies hidden by a Beavercreek property owner who claimed the pair were trespassing on his land, police said Thursday.

The Oregonian reports 33-year-old Robert John Hilands confessed to killing Dustin Childress and Thomas Hegar Jr. after being interviewed by police.

Police said it wasn’t clear why Childress and Hegar were on Hiland’s property.

According to Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Hegar and Childress were dropped off down the road by two women, before entering Hiland’s property without permission.

Investigators said fifteen minutes after he was dropped off, Childress called one of the women claiming he was being shot at while running away.

At around 5:45 p.m., one of the women reported the shooting after she tried to find the two men but was unsuccessful, according to deputies.

The bodies were found concealed 40 feet off the road.

Hilands was scheduled for a court appearance to face charges of suspicion of aggravated murder and unlawful use of a weapon.

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