OAKRIDGE, Ore. – A man and a woman who were found slain in the woods have been identified as a pair of Oakridge educators.
The bodies of Stevan Haugen (search), 54, and Jeanette Bauman (search), 56, were found by campers Friday near a U.S. Forest service road, about 25 miles south of Oakridge. Both had been shot to death, as was a dog belonging to Haugen, authorities said.
Officials with the Lane County (search) Sheriff's Office did not reveal how many times the couple was shot or what type of weapon was used.
Their deaths are being investigated as a double homicide, not a murder-suicide, the sheriff's office said.
Police said they have no suspects. But the Crater Lake license plates on Haugen's vehicle — number CL47763 — have been listed as stolen, officials said.
Haugen taught reading and coached track at Westridge Middle School (search) in Oakridge, said Principal Gary Stevenson.
"Kids liked him and staff liked him," Stevenson said.
Bauman had recently moved to Oakridge to work as a teacher, having previously worked in Longview, Wash.
The two met several years ago, said Haugen's brother-in-law Michael Loney, a deputy with the Williamson County Sheriff's Office in Texas.
Haugen "truly found his soul mate in Jeanette," he said.
Caesar, a golden retriever mix, was Haugen's best friend and constant companion on camping and fishing expeditions, Loney said.
"He was a gentle person who enjoyed helping kids. That's why this floors us," Loney said. "His killing makes no sense," Loney said.
City officials in nearby Oakridge said the mood is calm in spite of the tragedy.
"I've heard nothing — there's no concern or panic," Oakridge Mayor Sue Bond said.