Police identify victim, cause of death in Shady Cove homicide

SHADY COVE, Ore.- The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is identifying the victim and cause of death in a Shady Cove homicide that occurred over the weekend.

On Monday, NBC5 News reported 34-year-old Travis Driver was charged with second-degree murder, which he pled not guilty to.

Wednesday, JCSO revealed the homicide victim was Driver’s father, 64-year-old Lowell Driver III.

During the autopsy, an OSP forensic pathologist discovered the cause of death was blunt force trauma.

Driver has now been indicted by a Jackson County grand jury on the charge.

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NBC5 News Reporter Lauren Pretto grew up in Livermore, California and attended University of California, Santa Cruz, graduating with a double major in Film/Digital Media and Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing. Lauren is a lover of books, especially Agatha Christie and Gothic novels. When her nose isn't buried in a book, she knits, bakes, and writes.
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