ONTARIO, Ore. -- Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe says authorities have located the vehicle of a woman wanted in connection with the stabbing death of a Payette man, but the suspect is still on the loose.
The 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee believed to be driven by 23-year-old Ketra Siuce-Hale was found around noon today in Payette County. Hale is suspected of stabbing 26-year-old Mark Rogers to death.
Rogers was stabbed around 12:30 a.m. Monday while standing on Hyline Road, north of Ontario. He died a short time later at a local hospital. Wolfe says the victim suffered a single stab wound to the upper body, but it is unclear what type of weapon was used in the attack. An autopsy later this week could provide some answers.
A warrant for Hale's arrest was issued Monday. She is charged with manslaughter in the first degree.
Wolfe said Hale and Rogers were in a relationship and had been living together, possibly for a couple of weeks or longer. He said Hale had stabbed Rogers once before, but it was not reported to police because he did not require medical attention.
Police still don't know the motive, but Wolfe said Rogers was at the home of a woman who is the mother of his child when the stabbing occurred.
Search warrants were served at that home on Hyline Road and another residence, and on the vehicle used to transport the victim to the hospital. Investigators plan to get another search warrant to check the Jeep found today for evidence.
Wolfe urged anyone with information about this case to contact the Malheur County Sheriff's Office. He says Hale should be considered armed and dangerous, and not approached by the public. Contact police immediately if you see her.