BEND, Ore. -- A Pendleton man has been jailed in the killing of a 78-year-old woman who bred horses near Sisters.

Deschutes County authorities say 30-year-old Joshua Leo Jokinen called them on Saturday evening to report he might have killed a woman, and the body of Carolyn Burdick was found shortly afterward.

Sheriff Larry Blanton would not describe the cause of death or a motive. He called it a strange, senseless act.

Jokinen is to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon on a murder charge. He was described as a former Madras resident.

KTVZ-TV reported that he was living there when he was convicted of assault in 2006 and sentenced to six years.

Police said he struck a man several times with a trailer hitch ball in an unprovoked attack.

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