Sheriff: Man kills estranged girlfriend with machete, hangs self

Sheriff: Man kills estranged girlfriend with machete, hangs self
Investigators are calling the deaths of Rolando De Paz, 51, and Jacqueline Marroquin, 34, of Eugene a murder-suicide.

HARRISBURG, Ore. - A man killed his estranged girlfriend with a machete before hanging himself from a tree in what investigators are calling a murder-suicide, the Linn County Sheriff's Office said.

The victim - 34-year-old Jacqueline Marroquin of Eugene - was reported missing by her family Monday night. The Eugene Police Department sent a request to local law enforcement agencies in attempt to locate Marroquin.

The request indicated Marroquin was possibly in her 2008 Honda Accord with her long-time boyfriend, 51-year-old Rolando De Paz, and that the two might be traveling in the Harrisburg area of Linn County.

Linn County deputies checked the area late Monday night and early Tuesday. Marroquin's vehicle was found around 11:15 a.m. on Tosta Drive in a rural area of Harrisburg.

Deputies found blood and a machete in the car. They found Marroquin's body in a brushy area about 50 yards away.

Detectives found De Paz a half-mile from the car, hanging dead from a tree.