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Glenn Eric Adams

Man with local ties arrested in 1986 Washington homicide

A man who’d recently lived in Southern Oregon was arrested over the weekend in a northwest homicide that had gone unresolved for more than three decades.

Glenn Eric Adams, 58, reportedly turned himself in to police in Longview, Washington, identifying himself as the suspect who robbed and strangled a man to death at a Longview hotel on March 13, 1986, according to a release issued by the Longview Police Department Monday afternoon.

As of Tuesday evening, Adams remained lodged in the Cowlitz County Jail in Washington on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.

As recently as two months ago, Adams had been booked in the Jackson County Jail on a felony charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to circuit court records and Jackson County sheriff’s Sgt. Julie Denney. Denney said his most recent booking photo was dated May 3.

Oregon court records list Adams as having a Medford address in the 300 block of East Jackson Street, while jail records list an Eagle Point address. The same Eagle Point address was also listed for Adams in Deschutes County court records, following a misdemeanor trespassing arrest last April to which Adams pleaded no-contest.

Longview police described Adams as a transient who’d recently lived in the states of California, Oregon and Washington.

Adams allegedly made a confession to police in the death of Russel Haines Saturday, telling Longview police he “wanted to right the wrong that he has done,” according to the press release.

Adams and his alleged victim both had lived in the Oregon Way Hotel in Longview, according to police. No witnesses had ever come forward in the previously unsolved homicide.

Adams allegedly told police that he ambushed Haines while attempting to steal cash, then strangled him to conceal the robbery. An investigation shortly after Haines’ death determined he died of asphyxiation.

Washington State Police are in the process of conducting lab and DNA tests in the homicide, seeking to find Adams’ DNA profile in the evidence. No lab results have yet been released.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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