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Canby Police continue investigation into death

Did Grants Pass man die from bullet wounds or something else?


Authorities are questioning two persons of interest in the Sunday death of a Grants Pass man found dead inside his crashed SUV in Locust Park.

The body of Edward Kelly Spangler, 43, was found behind the wheel of his silver Hyundai SUV, which had crashed into a tree in the park.

Police determined that the man had also been shot multiple times.

The pair being questioned were taken into custody after the Portland Police Bureau Special Emergency Reaction Team executed a search warrant in Southeast Portland.

Their detention and the search warrant were the result of the Sunday investigation in Canby, Police Chief Bret Smith said. Canby Police executed two search warrants late Sunday night at apartments near where the incident occurred.

The incident was first reported about 5 a.m. as a hit-and-run, Smith said. Police arrived at 5:06 a.m. to find citizens trying to revive the man with CPR.

Canby Fire District paramedics determined the man was dead and that his death might be due to circumstances other than the crash, Smith said.

Police secured the area as a crime scene and the Clackamas County Inter-Agency Task Force and the medical examiner were summoned.

Witnesses reported hearing shots in the area near where the car crashed, Smith said. Police are continuing to collect evidence and interview witnesses.

Smith said the SUV was driving west in the driveway to an apartment complex in the 200-block of South Locust Street.

It struck three vehicles in the parking lot and continued west across Locust Street and into the park.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should call Detective Frank Schoenfeld at 503-266-0726.



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