Homicide Suspect Found Holed Up In a Summer Cabin


Worley, Idaho – Wanted Spokane County homicide suspect found holed up in a summer cabin on Lake Coeur d’Alene.

On September 20th, at about 12:30 PM the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office received a call for a possible unwanted subject in a summer cabin in the 3500 block of W. Mulsh Way, near the City of Worley, on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene.

The owner of the cabin called in to say her neighbor reported a suspicious person at their cabin, which was supposed to be unoccupied.

Deputies responded to the residence and found a white SUV parked in the driveway. The license plate on the SUV was stolen out of Spokane, Washington. The deputies also contacted a caretaker for the property who had arrived shortly before the deputies.

While speaking with the deputies, a white male was walking around the cabin and was contacted by the deputies. At first, the male gave the deputies a false name. However, after some questioning, and one of the deputies on scene recognizing the male from earlier bulletins, the male confirmed that he was Jason J. Obermiller, 32 years old of Spokane, Washington.

Obermiller had an active misdemeanor warrant in Kootenai County from 2014 and was currently wanted in Spokane County for a homicide charge.

Obermiller was taken into custody just prior to 2:00 PM without incident and will be held on the Kootenai County warrant as well as a charge of Fugitive from Justice. He will have first appearance in Kootenai County as early as tomorrow afternoon to face extradition back to Washington.

Preliminary information is that Obermiller was only staying at the cabin for the past 24 hours. Also, it appears that he may have had knowledge of the cabin from doing work for the owner in the past, but didn’t have the owner’s permission to be at the cabin.

A recent booking photo will be made available once he is booked into the jail.

Ben Wolfinger, Sheriff
By: Lieutenant Stu Miller

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