BEND, Ore. – A Bend man has been arrested in his wife’s disappearance and suspected murder.
Lori Blaylock vanished nearly two weeks ago. Police said her co-workers were the first to report her missing and then her husband told investigators that she went on a walk and never returned.
Steven Blaylock, 45, was arrested Wednesday after police said they developed probable cause that he murdered his wife. He was booked on several charges, including murder, domestic assault and tampering with evidence.
Steven and Lori had only been married 15 months. The arrest came a day after police executed a search warrant at the couple’s home at 2671 NE Genet Court and released photos of the couple’s SUV and cargo trailer. They also asked the public to contact police if they had seen the SUV and trailer in the local area, over any mountain passes or west of the Cascades between Oct. 26 and 31.
Lori’s body has still not been found but detectives on Wednesday said that they were “actively searching” for her remains at an undisclosed location.
Lori worked at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. The St. Charles Health System issued a statement Wednesday afternoon, after learning of the new developments in her disappearance:
“We are deeply saddened by this news,” said Katy Vitcovich, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for St. Charles Health System.
“St. Charles is a tight-knit family, and Woody (Lori’s nickname) was a hard-working and dedicated member of that family for more than 17 years. She touched the lives of many patients and co-workers in our community. Today we are grieving not only for her family and friends, but also for all of our caregivers.”