Douglas County Sheriff's Office


 Justice Building • Roseburg, Oregon 97470 • (541) 440-4450

John Hanlin


Date/Time of Release:  01/28/2014 - 09:00
Contact Person:  Dwes Hutson  
Contact Number:  541-440-4464  
Subject:  Murder / Suicide Investigation  
Date/Time of Incident:  01/27/2014 - 17:00
Incident Location:  Smethwick Drive, Umpqua, OR  
Case Number:  14-400  
Deceased:  Black, Linda A / age 59 / Umpqua, OR
Deceased:  Black, Dennis L / age 60 / Umpqua, OR

On January 27, 2014, at about 1700 hours, deputies were called to a residence on Smethwick Drive in Umpqua. An adult female was at the residence checking on the residents, Dennis and Linda Black (husband and wife), reported finding both subjects deceased.

Deputies and Detectives responded to the scene and confirmed both Dennis and Linda Black were deceased in the residence.

The case is being investigated as a Murder/Suicide. Indications from the investigation are that Dennis Smith shot and killed his wife, then shot himself. It appears that both subjects had serious medical issues.

Dennis and Linda lived alone in a rustic cabin in a rural area of Umpqua, about 20 miles west of Sutherlin.

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