2 stabbed Thursday in Oregon’s Dunes National Recreation Area

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The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect in a stabbing Thursday in Oregon’s Dunes National Recreation Area south of Florence that left two people with life-threatening injuries.

Saturday afternoon, no suspect had been taken into custody. Witnesses Thursday described the man as “probably having long blond hair and a 3-day beard” and about 6 feet tall, according to the sheriff’s office.

A man was first cut by the suspect, then a woman was stabbed Thursday night, Sgt. Tom Speldrich, spokesman for the LCSO, said on Saturday. Both received life-threatening injuries but are expected to survive.

There are few details regarding the encounter that led to the assault available to the public at this time, he said.

“What I can say is that a man … had some sort of verbal argument with people who were recreating on the dunes,” Speldrich said.

The victims were unknown to the person who stabbed them, he added.

The sheriff’s office is looking for a man they have identified as a “person of interest”, a 40-year-old man.

“We have to hit a certain burden of proof before we can call him suspicious,” Speldrich said. “We don’t treat him as a suspect yet, simply because our facts haven’t quite tipped the scales.”

Contact journalist Tatiana Parafiniuk-Talesnick at [email protected] or 541-521-7512, and follow her on Twitter @TatianaSophiaPT. Want more stories like this? Subscribe to gain unlimited access and support local journalism.

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