Butte County cold case suspect held on $1 million bail in Nebraska

Feb 20, 2015 10:26 AM by News Staff

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) - A 62-year-old slaying suspect sought in an Oroville cold case is being held in a western Nebraska jail.

Authorities say Marvin Owens, of Ogallala, remained in Lincoln County Jail on Friday, pending $1 million bail. He was moved to the jail in North Platte after being taken into custody by Keith County deputies.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office says that Owens was being sought on a warrant charging Owens with the murder of his wife, Deborah Owens. The release says Marvin Owens reported her missing on Nov. 21, 1978, and that he has long been suspected of killing her and disposing of her body, which has not been found.

It's unclear when Marvin Owens will be returned to California and whether he has an attorney.


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