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12-year-old arrested in connection with 92-year-old Creswell woman's death

Erma Burnell was pronounced dead at her home in the 200 block of Creswood Drive.

Posted: Jan 10, 2019 12:39 PM
Updated: Jan 11, 2019 11:06 AM

CRESWELL, Ore. -- A 12-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the suspicious death of a 92-year-old woman in Creswell, according to Lane County Youth Services.

The youth will be charged as a juvenile with murder and burglary, authorities said. He is being held at Serbu Juvenile Justice Center and will be arraigned there Friday at 8:30 a.m.

The juvenile's identity is not being released.

Erma Burnell was pronounced dead at her home in the 200 block of Creswood Drive Jan. 7.

There will be a community-wide candlight vigil tomorrow night in honor of Erma Burnell. It is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Harry Holt Memorial Park. 

For those who choose to attend bring a candle and dress for the weather as it will be outside.  

RELATED: Neighbors suspected murder in 92-year-old Creswell woman's death

The Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Lane County District Attorney's Office and Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office have been investigating. 

If you have any information, the sheriff's office encourages you to call 541-682-4141.

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