Observer staff

The homicide investigation continues with no new information to report as of Wednesday morning.
According to a press release from Union County Sheriff Boyd Rasmussen, the gunshot murder of Cove’s Loretta Williams, 62, is ongoing with multiple agencies working the investigation.
“Two search warrants have already been served, resulting in the recovery of significant evidence and additional warrants are possible,” according to the release.
No arrests have been made, but several persons of interest have been identified and interviewed. Surveillance camera footage from numerous sources has been reviewed, resulting in additional information, according to the release.
On Monday, the sheriff said this was a targeted attack on Williams and there is no danger to the public.
The release also states there are up to 20 investigators working on this case from the UCSO, La Grande Police Department, Oregon State Police and the Union County District Attorney’s office. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also assisting with the analysis of certain electronic evidence.
“The successful prosecution of complex cases such as this requires a methodical, deliberate, careful investigation and doing so takes time,” according to the release. “Any hurried misstep can result in a loss of the case. We appreciate the public's patience and understanding of this and wish to reassure all that everything that can be reasonably done to solve this case is being done.”

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