Sheriff’s Office Investigating Weekend Homicide near Gervais

Police are investigating the case of a Salem man who was found shot to death in rural Gervais Saturday night.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of an unconscious man lying on the side of the road at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday. When they arrived, they found a dead body in the area of Matheny Road NE and Wheatland Road NE.

The victim was identified as 28-year-old Francisco Javier Hernandez-Melo. An autopsy Sunday determined that the cause of death was homicide by gunshot wounds.

The sheriff’s office said no further information could be released due to the continuing investigation.

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call the Marion County Sheriff’s tip line at 503-540-8079 or submit a tip via the MCSOIntheKnow app.

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