Missing man found dead from homicidal violence

Missing man found dead from homicidal violence

LEBANON, Ore. - The body of a man reported missing last month was found on his property this week, the victim of homicidal violence, the Linn County Sheriff's Office said.

Detectives have identified a person of interest in the case, and there is no reason to believe there is any danger to the community, Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller said.

Deputies found the body of Gary Douglas Baker, 69, while serving a search warrant Wednesday, Aug. 8, on his Woodbine Drive property in Lebanon.

The medical examiner determined Baker died from homicidal violence.

Baker was reported missing July 31 by business associates who said he failed to attend any of his scheduled appointments. They told deputies that this is very unlike Baker and felt something may have happened to him.

Baker was a marketing associate with Smart Media Technologies, based in Henderson, Nevada.

Mr. Baker is not married, but his 17-year-old nephew lives with him, the sheriff's office said.

On Wednesday, Aug. 1, and Friday, Aug. 3, other business associates also reported Baker missed several appointments.

Deputies checked Baker's residence on July 31, Aug. 1, and Aug. 3 but found no clues as to his whereabouts before serving the search warrant this week.

The sheriff's office issued a press release about his disappearance the same day.