UPDATE: Suspect Arrested. GPDPS seeking public's help in locating suspect

Grants Pass Dept. of Public Safety


The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety received several tips on the possible location of suspect Scott Murphy. At around 8:45 this morning, a resident in the area of 1050 NE Churchill St reported a suspicious person sitting on the porch of this vacant residence. Patrol officers and detectives responded and arrested Murphy. He is being lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the following charges from this case:

Using a Child in a Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct
Sexual Abuse I (6 counts)
Sodomy I (4 counts)

GPDPS would like to thank the public for their awareness and assistance in helping us locate this suspect.

On 12-02-19 at approximately 1605 hours, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety received a report of a sexual offense involving Scott Aaron Murphy.  Officers were provided with a video depicting Murphy engaging in a sexual act with a young child who was known to Murphy.  It is unknown at this time if there are additional victims.  Multiple officers later attempted to contact Murphy near a residence on SE N Street but he fled on foot.  An extensive search of the area was conducted but Murphy was not located.  His current whereabouts are unknown.

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety is requesting assistance with locating and apprehending Murphy for multiple felony sex crimes involving a minor.  He has a history of drug and weapons offenses but it is unknown if Murphy is armed at this time.  The public is encouraged to not make contact with Murphy but immediately notify police in the event that his whereabouts are known.

Scott Murphy