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Suspect arrested in murder of Springfield man

Phillip Gurule

The victim was found dead on a property in the Jefferson area earlier this month.

Posted: Dec 21, 2020 3:45 PM

JEFFERSON, Ore. – An arrest has been made in connection with a murder in Jefferson earlier this month.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office said Phillip Gurule, 59, of Portland is accused of killing Richard Anderson, 41, of Springfield.

Anderson was found dead on a property in the 38000 block of Densmore Road on Dec. 5.

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Detectives developed a timeline of Anderson’s last days, and Portland’s SWAT team assisted with two search warrants in the Portland area -- one in the 7400 block of SE Henry Place and the other in the 700 block of SW 11th Avenue.

Authorities contacted Gurule during the search warrants, and he was arrested and taken to the Linn County Jail for first-degree murder.

The Lebanon, Sweet Home and Albany police departments and Portland Police Bureau assisted, and the investigation is ongoing. If you have any information on this case, please contact detectives at 541-967-3950.

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