Man Arrested in Dayton for Oregon Murder

Mugshot courtesy Lyon County Sheriff's Office
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ALBANY, Ore. (AP) - A Linn County, Ore., sheriff's officer says a 51-year-old Nevada man accused in the 1987 slaying of a man he served time with at the Oregon State Penitentiary has been arrested on a murder warrant.

Undersheriff Bruce Riley said in a statement Tuesday that Dennis Beach was arrested in the death of 35-year-old Thomas Hyland.

Beach was arrested Monday in Dayton, Nev., and was booked into the Lyon County Jail pending extradition.

Riley says a friend who reported Hyland missing in July 1987 said he was likely a homicide victim. The man's remains were found by mushroom pickers near Sweet Home in April 1989. Hyland was fatally shot.

The undersheriff says Beach was identified as a possible suspect but never arrested. Detectives uncovered new evidence and presented it to a grand jury, leading to the arrest warrant for Beach.