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Beavercreek property owner accused of double homicide

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Robert John Hilands confessed to shooting two men Tuesday who he'd found trespassing on his rural property near Beavercreek

CCSO - Robert J. HilandsAn investigation into Tuesday's double homicide near Beavercreek revealed Thursday that the owner of the property, Robert John Hilands, 33, of Beavercreek shot and killed two men who had been trespassing.

Dustin Louis Childress, 40, and Thomas Lee Hegar Jr. were found dead on the property Tuesday, March 14. Both had died of gunshot wounds. Childress was a transient with a last known address in Molalla, detectives said.

According to the investigation report, at approximately 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, a vehicle dropped off Childress and Hegar near Hilands' rural property on the 19200 block of South Upper Highland Road outside Beavercreek. The property is privately owned forested land with several outbuildings.

Childress and Hegar reportedly trespassed on Hilands' property without authorization, said Sgt. Brian Jensen, spokesman for the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

About 15 minutes later, Childress called one of the two women still in the vehicle to report they were being shot at, and that Hegar had been shot and wounded while fleeing the scene.

About seven-and-a-half hours later, at 5:46 p.m., one of the two women called 911 to report suspicious circumstances. Patrol deputies arrived and searched properties in the area, including Hilands' property with Hilands' consent, Jensens said.

During the search of Hilands' property, deputies found the bodies of Childress and Hegar concealed near the property's front gate, which is about 40 feet off South Upper Highland Road.

Both Childress and Hegar had suffered gunshot wounds, as later confirmed by the Clackamas County Medical Examiner.

Hilands later made contact with investigators and voluntarily agreed to an interview with detectives while investigators continued to process the crime scene.

Following an interview at CCSO headquarters, Hilands confessed to killing the two men. He was taken into custody and transported to the Clackamas County Jail, where he was booked on two counts of aggravated murder and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon. He is being held on no bail.