Person of interest in Columbia Co. homicide now in Oregon jail

ST HELENS, Ore. - Jesse Allen Lane, 28, the individual listed as a person of interest in the Apache Hightower homicide investigation, is now in custody in the Columbia County Jail.

Lane was arrested by Santa Barbara, Calif., police officers on September 29 for a parole violation.

Deputies from the Columbia County County Sheriff's Office spent several days in Santa Barbara doing follow-up investigation in the Hightower homicide case.

They transported Lane to the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility for processing on his extradition from California to Oregon on a state parole board hold.

Today, officials from Columbia County and Jackson County conferred and decided Lane would serve any sanctions for parole violations in the Columbia County Jail.

While Lane remains in custody solely on the state parole board hold, investigators are hoping to learn more about the events that occurred on the night and early morning hours of September 19-20, before Hightower's body was found down an embankment off Pittsburg Road in rural Columbia County.

"Anyone having information that can shed light on this case should contact us through our tip line," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson in a police news release. "Especially, those people who might have withheld information out of fear of reprisal might feel more comfortable coming forward with Mr. Lane in custody." The tip line number is (503) 366-4698.



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