Authorities search for suspect after two stabbed in Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

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  • 2021-11-27 22:21:13Z
  • By The Register-Guard

Lane County Sheriff's Office is searching for a suspect in a Thursday stabbing assault at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area south of Florence that left two people with potentially life-threatening injuries.

As of Saturday afternoon, a suspect hadn't been taken into custody. Witnesses on Thursday described the man as "likely having long blonde hair and facial stubble" and is around 6 feet tall, according to the sheriff's office.

A man was first cut by the suspect and then a woman was stabbed Thursday evening, Sgt. Tom Speldrich, a spokesperson for LCSO, said Saturday. Both received potentially life-threatening injuries, but are expected to survive.

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There are few details surrounding the encounter that led to the assault available to the public at this time, he said.

"What I can say is that a male ... got into some sort of verbal dispute with some people that were recreating on the dunes," Speldrich said.

The victims were unknown to the person who stabbed them, he added.

The sheriff's office is looking for a man it has identified a 40-year-old as a "person of interest."

"We have to reach a certain burden of proof before we can call him a suspect," Speldrich said. "We're not calling him a suspect yet, just because our facts haven't quite tipped the scale."


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