News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
Please reference CCSO Case # 17-6892
UPDATE (Thursday, March 16, 1:21 p.m.) -- NEW INVESTIGATIVE TIMELINE, FURTHER DETAILS
The investigation into Tuesday's double homicide in Beavercreek continues. Detectives continue to interview witnesses and process evidence.
At this time we can release a basic narrative of the incident, constructed from multiple interviews and other sources:
At approximately 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, a vehicle dropped off Dustin Louis Childress and Thomas Lee Hegar Jr. near a property on the 19200 block of S. Upper Highland Rd. in Beavercreek.
This property -- the crime scene -- is a privately owned forested property with multiple outbuildings.
Childress and Hegar then reportedly tresspassed onto the property without authorization.
Approximately 15 minutes later, Mr. Childress called one of the two women in the vehicle to report they were being shot at -- and that Mr. Hegar had been shot and wounded -- while fleeing the scene.
Detectives would later determine they were allegedly shot at by Robert John Hilands, the owner of the property.
Approximately seven-and-a-half hours later, at 5:46 p.m., one of the two women called 911 to report suspicious circumstances.
Patrol deputies arrived and searched multiple properties in the area -- including Mr. Hilands' property with Hilands' consent.
During the search of Hilands' property, deputies found the bodies of Childress and Hegar concealed near the property's front gate, which is approximately 40 feet off S. Upper Highland Road.
Both Childress and Hegar had suffered gunshot wounds, as later confirmed by the Clackamas County Medical Examiner.
Robert John Hilands made contact with investigators. Hilands voluntarily agreed to an interview with detectives while investigators continued to process the crime scene.
Following an interview at Sheriff's Office headquarters, Hilands confessed to killing the two men. Hilands was taken into custody and transported to the Clackamas County Jail. He was booked on two counts of Aggravated Murder and two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Hilands' complete booking info is here.
This investigation is ongoing. The Sheriff's Office can release no further information at this time.
EARLIER (March 15, 8:00 p.m.) -- VICTIM ID, ARREST MADE
The second victim has been identified as Thomas Lee Hegar Jr., 50, of Beavercreek.
It has been determined that Mr. Hegar and Mr. Childress both died of gunshot wounds.
The suspect has been identified as Robert John Hilands, 33, of Beavercreek. Mr. Hilands was taken into custody and transported to the Clackamas County Jail where he was booked on charges of Aggravated Murder (2 counts) and Unlawful Use of a Weapon (2 counts). His complete booking info is here.
Detectives continue to seek tips in this double homicide. Anyone with information is urged to contact us using the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form. Please reference CCSO Case # 17-6892.
EARLIER (March 15, 2017, 2:45 p.m.):
Upper Highland Road will be opening for normal traffic momentarily. Drivers are urged to use caution, as road crews and investigators continue to work in the crime scene and surrounding area.
EARLIER (March 15, 2017, 11 a.m.)
Photo: CCSO Incident Response Van
Video from 11 a.m. press conference with Sgt. Jensen (CCSO Twitter feed)
At approximately 5:46 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Patrol deputies responded to a report of suspicious circumstances around the 19200 block of S. Upper Highland Rd. in Beavercreek.
Responding deputies secured permission to search a property on the 19200 block of S. Beavercreek. During the search, a deputy located two male bodies near a property gate.
The Clackamas County Medical Examiner, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detectives, and members of the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team are among the personnel responding to and securing the crime scene.
Detectives have identified one victim as Dustin Louis Childress, 40. Childress is a transient with a last known address in Molalla.
The Clackamas County Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy on the second victim. This second victim will be identified following an autopsy and family notifications.
Cause of death for both victims is still under investigation, and the Sheriff's Office is not releasing further investigative details at this time.
Upper Highland Rd. is currently closed between Schuebel School Rd. and Ridge Rd.
Investigators are currently canvassing the area, interviewing neighbors, and searching the crime scene.
A media briefing is set for 11 a.m. Media staging area for the briefing is 21950 Beavercreek Rd.
Detectives are seeking tips in this double homicide. Anyone with information is urged to contact us using the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form. Please reference CCSO Case # 17-6892.
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office