Woman arrested in Eugene charged with southern Oregon murder

EUGENE, Ore. - A woman arrested in Eugene earlier this month on a probation violation now faces murder charges.

A grand jury indicted Jacquelyn Kelly Novack, 38, of Murphy, Ore., on April 18 on charges of Murder, Tampering with Evidence and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. 

The investigation started April 2 with a report in Grants Pass of a missing person who was believed to be deceased, Oregon State Police said.

The Josephine County Major Crimes Team took over the case on April 7 and worked with state police in Roseburg and Springfield on the investigation.

State police from Springfield arrested Novak in Eugene April 9 on a probation violation.

The same day, police located human remains at a remote campsite in the Sunny Valley area, between Myrtle Creek and Grants Pass.

Investigators believe the remains are that of a male in his mid-30s. His identity will be released once confirmed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's office and next of kin have been notified.