On May 3rd, 2019 at 4:38 a.m., officers responded to the Tiki Lodge, 509 N. Riverside, room 111, for a possible disturbance. Upon arrival, officers could not get anyone to come to the door and ultimately forced entry. Officers believed that as they made entry, they heard someone escape out of the bathroom window.
Officers found a deceased female in the bathroom as well as evidence of a violent disturbance. Additional officers responded and began checking the area, to include police K9 Kylo. K9 Kylo led officers to a dumpster behind a business in the 500 block of N. Bartlett Street. Officers found a male hiding in the dumpster, and he was arrested after sustaining a bite wound from K9 Kylo. His name is not being released at this time.
A further examination of the scene, as well as the decedent, indicated the victim died as the result of a homicide. She was identified as Sierra Bree Clemens, 23 years old. Clemens is from Grass Valley, California and next of kin have been notified.
The crime scene included the path the suspect would have taken from the motel room to the dumpster where he was found.
Detectives are continuing to investigate the case and we do not believe any other suspects are outstanding.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Jackson County Medical Examiner and the Jackson County District Attorney's Office are assisting with the case.
More information will be available as the case unfolds. Our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of the victim.