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Man reported missing and found dead in Orland identified as robbery suspect

The Glenn County Sheriff's Office says a missing person case has been upgraded to a homicide.

Posted: Apr 19, 2019 6:19 PM
Updated: Apr 24, 2019 11:16 AM

UPDATE 11:13 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - A man suspected in an armed robbery in Coos Bay on Feb. 7 was murdered in California, Coos Bay police said.

Police identified Brandon Dawson, 26, of Orland, California in the robbery, which happened in the Cranberry Sweets parking lot. Dawson fled the area and was believed to be hiding out in Orland.

Dawson had been reported missing March 10 by his family, and on April 19 California authorities upgraded the missing person case to a homicide.

Authorities said Dawson was killed after a dispute over illegal drugs. The Glenn County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

The Coos Bay Police Department is closing its investigation into Dawson.

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ORLAND, Calif. - An Orland missing persons case has been upgraded to a homicide.

The Glenn County Sheriff's Office says Brandon Dawson, 26 of Orland, went missing in the early hours of the morning on March 8th. Dawson's mother, Kelly Skidmore, and girlfriend, Ashley Heitland, reported Dawson missing to the Sheriff's Office on March 10th.

Deputies did not find Dawson in the immediate area and the investigation was turned over to Detectives from the Glenn Investigative Task Force.

The Sheriff's Office says they received several tips from family and sources alleging that Dawson was in a dispute regarding illegal drugs and that he was murdered sometime on or after March 8th and that his body was left in Colusa County.

Detectives requested the aid of cadaver dogs and handlers along with members of the Colusa County Sheriff's Office, Glenn and Colusa County Search and Rescue who searched in the wilderness area near Colusa and Lake County.

During the search, cadaver dogs located human remains in the area of Walker Ridge in Colusa County. The remains were identified as Dawson.

Dawson's family was notified and the investigation is ongoing.

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