Person of interest in Bend homicide caught in N. California

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Missing woman Kaylee Sawyer (pictured left), suspect Edwin Lara (pictured right).

Update (08/01 5:00 p.m.) — Yreka Police said after an investigation, it became apparent to detectives that Aundrea Elizabeth Maes is not a suspect, but rather a victim in the case.


Yreka, Calif. – Two people are behind bars after allegedly shooting a man in the stomach and stealing another man’s car with three family members still inside. One of the suspects is wanted as a person of interest in a homicide case out of Bend, Oregon.

The Yreka Police Department said on Tuesday morning around 5:00, they received a call reporting a shooting victim at the Super 8 Motel on the 100 block of Montague Road in Yreka. When officers arrived, they found a victim who had been shot in the stomach. The victim was taken to the hospital and was listed in critical condition.

Approximately 5 minutes later, police said they received a call from a man at the Mobil Gas Station on the 700 block of N. Main Street who reported that his car had been stolen with three family members still inside.

According to YPD, at 5:41 a.m., 911 received a call from the family members reporting that they had been dropped off unharmed near the Weed rest area.

Yreka Police said the suspects were located by law enforcement around 7:00 a.m. south of Redding, California. 31-year-old Bend resident Edwin Enoc Lara and 19-year-old Salem resident Aundrea Elizabeth Maes were arrested and booked in the Tehama County Jail on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, carjacking, burglary, and other charges.

Portland NBC affiliate KGW reports Edwin Lara, who worked as a part-time campus security guard at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, is a person of interest in a homicide investigation involving 23-year-old Kaylee Sawyer. Sawyer went missing near the COCC campus just after 7:00 Sunday night.

Investigators are still looking for Sawyer. She was described by police as 5’2”, 120 pounds, with blonde hair and blue-green eyes. She was last seen wearing a black dress and brown boots, and carrying a green purse.

If you have any information about any of these crimes, call police.

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