Suspect in death of Southern Oregon teen in custody

UPDATE 4:40 pm — Authorities in Nevada say they are holding a suspect in the death of Stephanie Condon, a Southern Oregon girl missing since 1998 whose remains were found earlier this month.

Lyon County sheriff's Lt. Rob Hall says Dale Wayne Hill, 39, was arrested this morning in Dayton, Nev., on a charge of failing to register as a felon. He hasn't been charged in the Condon case, but he has been considered a suspect in her disappearance for years.

Condon, 14, was reported missing Oct. 31, 1998, while she was baby-sitting her cousins.

Hill had once dated Condon's aunt and told authorities he stopped by the house where Condon was baby-sitting, but that he had nothing to do with her disappearance, past news reports said.

Authorities in Douglas County said this morning that remains found March 13 had been identified through dental records as Condon's.

Hall says investigators from Douglas County asked for his department's assistance, and then a background check showed that Hill, who was convicted of burglary, had failed to register.

— Associated Press

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Remains of missing 14-year-old girl found
Staff report

11:10 am — Remains found in Southern Oregon have been identified as those of Stephanie Elizabeth Condon, who was 14 when she vanished in 1998 while baby-sitting her cousin's twins.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin announced the break in the case at a news conference this morning.

A Glide man found the remains March 13 as he walked his dog on a remote forest road off Little River Road in the Glide area. He marked the spot and notified authorities.

Members of the Stephanie Condon Task Force, which includes investigators from the sheriff's office, Roseburg Police Department, Oregon State Police, FBI and the District Attorney's Office, worked for more than a week recovering the remains, the Douglas County Sheriff's Department said in a release today. Investigators also collected other evidence from the scene.

Hanlin said the state crime lab made the identification through dental records. The cause and manner of death have not yet been established, but examinations are continuing, he said.

Investigators said they believe the recovery of Condon's body and other evidence "will be instrumental in bringing this case to a successful resolution, including the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible."

Authorities said early in the investigation they had a suspect. A massive search and hundreds of clues that poured into the sheriff's office produced no trace of the girl for nearly 11 years.

—Staff and wire reports

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