Body found in pond identified as missing S.H. man

SWEET HOME — The death of Tim E. Miller, 56, who was found Wednesday in a farm pond southwest of town, is being investigated as suspicious, according to Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley.

Miller was a Sweet Home resident and truck driver.

An autopsy was performed Thursday morning at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Portland.

Miller’s son, Jason Miller, also of Sweet Home, reported his father missing on Tuesday.

About noon Wednesday, the body was found in a farm pond at 25491 Crescent Hill Road, about six miles southwest of Sweet Home.

The property, known as Rockin Red Ranch, is owned by Janice Urben and encompasses more than 80 acres of pasture and timber.

Riley said the Major Crimes Team is investigating the incident, but could not say whether he believed incidents leading to Miller’s death occurred at the farm or elsewhere, with Miller’s body being moved to the site.

The Major Crimes Team includes members from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, the Albany, Lebanon and Sweet Home police departments, Oregon State Police, the District Attorney’s Office and the State Medical Examiner’s Office.

“We’re talking to everybody,” Riley said. “It’s a big property and lots of people come and go through it. There are lots of people involved to be interviewed.”

In the past, the ranch had hosted an annual summer party and has hosted fundraisers to help families in need.

Riley said he didn’t know how long the body had been in the pond.

Linn County reporter Alex Paul can be contacted by calling 541-812-6114 pr by emailing [email protected]

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