SEASIDE, Ore. - Police have arrested one man on aggravated murder charges after police say he killed two people in a Seaside home.
The bodies were found late Friday afternoon in a house in the 1300 block of 10th Avenue, but police said they think the murders happened Thursday night. On Saturday, one victim was identified as Laura Foster, 53, and another man, who police think is a white male in his early 60s, but police have yet to release his name because they have not been able to notify his next of kin.
Police arrested a man named Marcus G. Foster, 50, on two charges of first-degree aggravated murder. He was arrested when a Clatsop County Sheriff's Office deputy spotted a purple Toyota Scion driving west on Hwy. 30 entering Knappa. Foster was taken into custody without incident.
Police said Laura Foster and the male victim were long-time friends. The man had just recently moved to Seaside. Marcus G. Foster and Laura Foster were divorced, but living together at the time.
Police said when they discovered the bodies, it appeared they had been dead for "some time." Investigators think the murder weapon was a baseball bat, but the final determination will be made by the Oregon Medical Examiner's Office at the autopsies.
Laura Foster and the victim were found after an employer worried about an employee, who failed to show up for work, called police just before 9:30 a.m. An officer went to the house but found it locked and everything appeared to be in order, according to the Seaside Police Department.
Seaside's police chief, Robert Gross, said Friday night he does not know at this time if the employee is one of the victims.
At about 3 p.m., the Seaside Fire Department was called to the house on a report of an unresponsive person. Upon arriving, they were told there were two bodies inside.
Bruce Bushing's wife was the one who called 911. He said the female victim's adult daughter knocked on their door.
"She came over and said, 'Hey, my mom and dad, we haven't been able to make contact with them since last night. We can't get in the house.' And then one of her friends got in a window, and then the girl came over screaming," Bushing said.
Police arrived again, searched for other victims and secured the house.
Bushing said the 911 operator had his wife go into the house and make sure the couple wasn't still alive. He said his wife was so shaken and distraught by what she saw she was taken to the hospital. She later returned home, but Bushing said she was so traumatized she had to take tranquilizers.
As part of their investigation, police are still looking for a gold Toyota Camry with a temporary sticker. Anyone with information about either the Camry or the case in general should call the Seaside Police Department at 503-738-6311 or the Crime Tip line at 503-738-0222.
Marcus Foster will be arraigned Monday.