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Victims in Salem Fire Died of Gunshot Wounds

Police say they are going through a slow and meticulous process due to the fire damage.

Scene of Salem, Oregon fire where three victims were found.
Scene of fire where three victims were found. photo by Tim King

(SALEM, Ore.) - Autopsy results show that the three victims who died on the evening of March 15th at 1375 Cross St SE died of gunshot wounds, Salem Police Lt. Dave Okada said today.

Salem Fire engines were dispatched Sunday at 6:47 p.m. to 1375 Cross St SE in Salem over the fire alarm.

Okada explains that the location is an industrial building housing the M.L. Holmes General Contractor and Myke's Rod and Chassis businesses.

"Upon arriving at the scene firefighters discovered the building was on fire and called for second and third alarms. While in the building, fire personnel discovered two deceased victims on the scene and requested the Salem Police Department respond. Officers and fire personnel later found a third victim in the scene," Okada said.

Autopsies conducted at the State Medical Examiner's Office indicates that the victims are 70-year old Myke Lavern Holmes of Salem, the owner of the business, 57-year old Kathleen McNamara Schera of Salem and 58-year old Michael Ruben Nelson of Salem.

Ms. Schera was the girlfriend of Myke Holmes, and Michael Nelson was an acquaintance of Mr. Holmes.

Okada says this is currently the scene of a slow and meticulous process due to the fire damage.

"Investigators and technicians are continuing to process the scene, and because the case is still actively under investigation, no further information is being released at this time."

Okada says anybody with any information should call the Salem Police Department Detectives Section at 503-588-6050.



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mikes neice.. November 10, 2010 3:57 pm (Pacific time)

RIP all 3 of you and i miss and love you uncal Mike.. Just happy they have the guy now who did this and hope he gets what he deserves today in court! miss you mike nelson!

scott March 17, 2009 11:23 pm (Pacific time)

Mike and Kay you will be missed, I will miss both of you!!!! I hope swift and damning justice strikes who ever did this to you...SB

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