Boy, 12, accused of murdering 92-year-old woman in Lane County

CRESWELL, OR (KPTV) - A 12-year-old boy is accused of killing a 92-year-old woman near Eugene.

The case unfolded in Creswell, about 15 miles south of Eugene, according to law enforcement.

FOX 12 Thursday night spoke with a close friend of the woman who was murdered.

The friend says she and Erma Burnell have been neighbors for 30 years and said she found Burnell murdered Monday night when she walked to her house to check on her.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were called just after 12 p.m. to the home on Creswood Drive. Medics pronounced Burnell dead at the scene.

Law enforcement says that as the investigation developed, deputies were led to the 12-year-old suspect.

Even though the underage suspect is facing a Measure 11 charge, authorities have not released his name.

The sheriff’s office confirms he is facing murder and burglary charges and say he will be in juvenile court Friday morning; He is currently at the Serbu Juvenile Justice Center in Eugene.

Neighbors in Creswell say Burnell was a friendly woman and a grandmother who loved to cook.

"I don't know what to make of it," one neighbor said. "It's hard to fathom what was on the kid's mind to do that."

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Good think they caught him, probably a future serial killer.

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