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Linn Detectives Make Arrest in Murder

Detectives believe Matzke acted alone and there were no witnesses to the murder. The robbery charge stems from Matzke stealing money from Miller after his death.

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(ALBANY, Or.) - Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his detectives have made an arrest for the murder of Tim Miller.

On May 9, 2014, Detectives received a full confession from Donald Arthur Matzke, 43 years old of Sweet Home. Matzke has been arrested and lodged in the Linn County Jail for Murder and Robbery I.

The investigation reveals that Matzke and Miller had been drinking alcohol together at the Rockin Red Ranch on the night of May 1, 2014. Matzke told detectives that he and Miller began to argue at which time Matzke stabbed Miller several times, killing him. Matzke told detectives he tried to conceal the body by disposing it in the pond and weighing it down with rocks.

Detectives believe Matzke acted alone and there were no witnesses to the murder. The robbery charge stems from Matzke stealing money from Miller after his death.

Detectives are continuing to follow-up on this investigation.

Sheriff Riley would like to thank all the members of the Linn County Major Crimes Team for their assistance in this investigation.

No picture of Matzke is available at the time of this press release but can be obtained later through the Sheriff's Office website at Linnsheriff.org.

Refer to the two previous press releases for further information.

News Release from Linn County Sheriff's Office




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