Washington County police take Smith-Brown into custody
Update: Law enforcement officers in Washington County took Gavin Smith-Brown into custody Thursday morning, according to a press release from Oregon State Police.
"Smith-Brown was not taken into custody as a result of a tip, however the Tri-County Major Incident Team would like to the thank the public for all the tips received," the release noted.
Police are searching for 29-year-old Gavin Smith-Brown, a suspect in the death of his mother, Gayla Smith, 65, of Crooked River Ranch. Smith's body was discovered June 3, in her residence.
Oregon State Police issued an alert around 9 p.m. June 5, asking for the public's assistance in locating Smith-Brown, who was last seen driving a charcoal-black 2010 Subaru Outback, with Oregon license 372 HFH, with black rims; he may also be in a black 2013 Subaru Outback, with Oregon license 650 HGT, also with black rims.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office was first contacted for a welfare check at a residence in the 16000 block of Northwest Dove Road, at Crooked River Ranch, at 4:13 p.m., June 3. A deputy investigated, and obtained a search warrant to enter the residence, where a body, identified as Gayla Smith, was found. Gavin Smith-Brown lived at the home with his mother.
The Tri-County Major Incident Team, which includes members from OSP, JCSO, Crook and Deschutes County sheriff's offices, Madras, Bend, Redmond and Warm Springs police departments, the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, OSP Forensics, and OSP Major Crimes Section, was activated June 3, to handle the crime.
If you think you see Smith-Brown, who has ties to both the Portland area and Las Vegas, Nevada, call 911 or the OSP Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555, and reference case No. SP18-203454. Do not attempt to contact the suspect.