Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office

OAKLAND, Ore. - A Washington County man has been arrested in connection with the homicide of Terry Lea Deane who was killed in her Oakland, Oregon home in early August.

Through the course of the investigation, detectives identified 45-year-old Dwayne Michael Lauka of Washington County as a suspect in Deane's death.

On Friday, September 8, 2023, Lauka was arrested in Tualatin, Oregon by Douglas County Detectives with the assistance of the Washington County Sheriff's Office and Tualatin Police Department.

Lauka has been transported and lodged in the Douglas County Jail for Second Degree Murder. Additional charges are expected in the coming days.

With Lauka's arrest, Detectives are now urging anyone who has information about Lauka or his movements between August 11, 2023, and September 8, 2023, to contact them at (541) 440-4458 or by emailing dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us. Lauka's booking photo is being released in compliance with HB3273 Section 1(c).

Lauka, a transient from the Washington County area, has ties to the greater Portland area as well as Douglas and Josephine Counties and has several aliases. Those aliases include Sammi Alameer, Jason Myers, Dwayne Lauk, Dwayne Michael Luaka, Dwayne Michael Alshargabi-Lauka and Michael Eugene West.

Deane, 78, was found deceased in a residence in the 400-block of Coltrin Lane on Saturday, August 12, 2023, in Oakland, Oregon. Since that time, the Douglas County Major Crimes Team has been actively investigating the case.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team consists of investigators from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Roseburg Police Department and Oregon State Police working in consultation with the Douglas County District Attorney's Office.

No further details of the case will be released at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation.

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