Oregon man arrested in triple slaying

Posted: Tuesday, August 04, 2009

ELGIN, Ore. - An Oregon house painter wanted for the murders of three acquaintances, including a woman whose severed hand was found by a child catching goldfish, has been captured in Washington state.

Union County District Attorney Tim Thompson said Monday 42-year-old Gregory Alvin Cook was taken into custody in Thurston County, Washington.

The capture came just hours after authorities issued a nationwide alert for Cook, saying he was believed to be hitchhiking.

Cook faces various murder charges in the deaths of 51-year-old Shannon M. McKillop of Elgin, whose severed hand was found by a child in a small pond on industrial timberlands outside Elgin, Ore.

Also killed were 50-year-old Frank M. Scaramuzzi and 28-year-old Jeremiah H. Johnston, both of Elgin. The men's bodies were found over the weekend in a separate location.

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