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Homicide investigation centers on Linn Co. property

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Aerial photo over the investigation site in Ely, taken May 8, 2015. (Michael Crowe, KWWL) Aerial photo over the investigation site in Ely, taken May 8, 2015. (Michael Crowe, KWWL)
James Booher James Booher
LINN COUNTY (KWWL) -

An investigation in rural Linn County may be tied to a suspected homicide from a year ago.

James Booher, 51, of Marion, went missing in June.

Thursday, the search for evidence took place behind a home in the 300 block of Nederhiser Road near Ely.

According to federal documents, Matthew Robbins, 42, who used to associate with Booher, once lived at the home.

Robbins is currently in custody awaiting federal firearm charges.

Investigators say Booher and Robbins met at the home May 31.

Booher was reported missing 4 days later.

An affidavit in a perjury case against Robbins' ex-wife says she had talked about Robbins and another man robbing Booher on June 1 - one day after it was reported he was last seen alive.

In court documents regarding Robbins weapons trial, it outlines a drug deal involving Booher and Robbins May 31.

Then a few days later, it says Robbins moved out of that house in Ely that he had been renting, stripped the carpet, furnishings, and fixtures out of the house, then burned it.

That appears to be the area investigators had been examining Thursday, reportedly involving a forensics team to dig up the site.

Booher's body has never been found.

His truck was found about 10 days after he was reported missing.

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