Published On: Wed, Nov 21st, 2012

Human Remains Identified, May be Victim of Homicide

Story last updated on November 21st, 2012 at 8:39 pm.

Last January, employees of Roseburg Lumber notified Lane County Sheriffs that they had located human remains while conducting logging operations. The remains were found on a remote piece of land off of Siuslaw River Rd. near milepost 7.

Roy Vernon Mathews July 2000

Roy Vernon Mathews
July 2000

Sheriff’s officials responded to the area, and over the course of multiple days were able to recover the bones, which were later determined to belong to a single individual.

The remains were placed into the custody of the Lane County Medical Examiner’s Office and subsequently transferred to the State Medical Examiner’s Office where DNA was extracted. The remains have now been identified by DNA match to be those of Roy Vernon Mathews.

Mathews would be 61 years old if still alive today. He was reported as a missing person to the Springfield Police Department in April of 2005 by his girlfriend at that time.

Mathews is believed to have resided predominantly in the Springfield or Glenwood areas. It does not appear that he had a long term residence in the years leading up to his disappearance.

In addition to the remote location where his remains were found, there are other indications that Mathews’ death was a result of foul play. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations section requests that anyone who knew Mathews or has any information about his disappearance or death to contact Det. Aaron Hoberg at 541-682-4312.

Information provided by Lane County Press Release

Roy Vernon Mathews January 2005

Roy Vernon Mathews
January 2005


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