Coquille Homicide Investigation

Oregon State Police work Saturday outside of a home on South East 3rd Avenue where a body was reportedly found after another man was found severely beaten nearby earlier in the morning.

COQUILLE — A person of interest has been named relating to Saturday's homicide in Coquille.

The homicide victim is 46-year-old Coquille resident Gregory Scott Durham.

According to the Coos County District Attorney's Office, 34-year-old Manuel Daniel Delgado was arrested Saturday for the assault of 51-year-old Coquille resident Michael Lucas. Durham was the primary occupant of the residence where he was killed, according to Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier.

"An autopsy will be conducted on the body of Mr. Durham later this week," said Fraiser in the release. "After the autopsy, I will release the exact cause of death. The evidence does show Mr. Durham died of homicidal violence."

The body of Durham was found as the result of an assault investigation where the assault is believed to have occurred at the residence on SE Third Street sometime on Friday night or early Saturday morning. The victim of the assault, Michael Lucas, had significant stab wounds and blunt-force trauma injuries to his head and face. He has been transferred to River Bend Hospital in Springfield where he is reported in good condition.

"The information we have at this time indicates Mr. Lucas was a visitor/guest of the residence," the release said.

Delgado was arrested for the assault. He was found inside Durham's residence at 8:30 a.m. Saturday when police entered the home pursuant to a search warrant issued for that residence Saturday morning. Delgado was taken into custody without incident. Durham's body was found at the time of the search.

"I plan to file (today), a charge of assault in the first degree in Coos County Circuit Court," said Frasier. "We are at this time, investigating what, if any, connection Mr. Delgado has to the death of Mr. Durham. We would describe him as a person of interest in the case, at this time."

The Coquille Police Department is the lead agency on the case, according to the release. They are being assisted by investigators from the Oregon State Police, the Coos Bay Police, North Bend Police, the Medical Examiner's Office, the Oregon State Police Crime Lab, the Eugene Police Department and the District Attorney's Office.

Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to contact the Coquille Police Department.


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