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News Release
Update-3/28-James Rummell Arrested-CCSO Investigates Burglary/Murder in Hockinson area - 03/28/24

Update 3/28/2024 7:15pm

This evening, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit, with assistance from the Tactical Detective and Special Investigations Units, has arrested James Rummell. Rummell will be booked into the Clark County Jail on charges of accomplice to Murder in the First Degree and accomplice to Burglary in the First Degree.

Media contact was not updated in the previous release. Please contact SGT Chris Skidmore if needed.

Update 3/25/2024 10:00am

On March 24th, 2024, as the Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Major Crimes Unit (MCU) detectives continued their murder investigation, a tip was provided to law enforcement about the potential murder suspect. 

The investigation led to the arrest of Darrell Riley, age 55, by the Eugene Police Department in Eugene, Oregon. Darrell is being held on a Temporary Felony Warrant for Murder in the First Degree, requested by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.  He will remain in custody in Oregon while the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office seeks extradition.

The stolen Ford F-150 from this incident was recovered in a rural part of Benton County, Oregon. The vehicle was damaged by fire, which appears likely to have been intentionally set to destroy evidence of the murder.

While official identification will come from the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office, CCSO has identified the deceased as Lindy Rummell, age 60, of Brush Prairie, WA.

The investigation revealed that the victim’s husband, James Rummell, was friends with Darrell Riley. It appeared that James had driven to Eugene, picked Darrell up, and brought him back to Clark County earlier in the day before the murder. After a second search warrant was served on the Rummell residence, James Rummell was booked into the Clark County Jail for Making False Statements to a Public Servant. Additional charges are possible as James Rummell is being considered a suspect in this murder. It appears James may have solicited Darrell to stage what appeared to be an interrupted burglary to commit the murder of Lindy Rummell. 

This case remains an active investigation.

On March 23rd, 2024, at 6:54 PM, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) responded to a report of a female shot inside a residence in the 18000 block of NE 119th St. She was located by her husband and two friends arriving at the house.  CCSO deputies arrived and found the adult female deceased inside the residence with apparent gunshot wounds.

A 2001 black Ford F-150, with Washington license plates, “C73655Y” was reported stolen from the scene.  A previously taken picture of the vehicle is attached. If located, the occupants of the vehicle should be considered armed and dangerous.  Please call 911 and do not approach the vehicle.

The circumstances of the female’s death are actively being investigated by CCSO Major Crimes Unit and limited information is being released at this time. The identity of the deceased is not being released at this time.

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