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DCSO detectives following up on new leads in apparent accidental shooting near Mayfield Pond

(Update: Detectives following new leads, still seeking info from public)

Also seeking witnesses to vehicle, driver near scene, home video of traffic along route

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Deschutes County sheriff's deputies said Tuesday detectives are following up on new leads in their investigation of a Bend man's fatal shooting near Mayfield Pond, east of Bend.

Neil Martell, 53, was camping with a friend near the pond east of Bend when he was fatally shot on June 30th. Deputies called it a possible accidental shooting and want to hear from anyone who was in the area target shooting that Thursday afternoon.

Detectives seized evidence from the scene and sent it to the Oregon State Police Crime Lab to be analyzed for fingerprints and DNA, Sgt. Jayson Janes said Tuesday

Detectives are still asking for anyone that was target shooting in the area of Mayfield Pond in the afternoon of June 30 to come forward, Janes said.

"We are still looking for information on a person and vehicle observed near the scene of the shooting, described as a smaller, white SUV or crossover, likely less than 10 years old," Janes told NewsChannel 21. The driver is described as a white male in his 30s. 

Detectives also have seeking home surveillance video from anyone in the community who may have captured footage of vehicle traffic after 1 p.m. June 30 on Neff Road between Bend and the Powell Butte Highway and on Alfalfa Market Road between Powell Butte Highway and the Alfalfa Market Store.

Deputies responded just after 2 p.m. Thursday, June 30 to the reported shooting on BLM land near milepost 4 on Alfalfa Market Road, Bailey said. Deputies and Bend Fire medics arrived on scene and found Martell's body.

 Detectives were called out to lead the investigation, assisted by Bend Police, Oregon State Police, the OSP Crime Lab (forensics unit) and the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, Bailey said.

Investigators were working on the scene several hours later, with crime scene tape marking off the location at the Mayfield Pond Recreation Area, southwest of the pond.

“We do not currently have information that there is an active threat to public safety,” Bailey said in a news release that evening, adding, “Community members should always be aware of their surroundings, though, and report anything suspicious to their local law enforcement.”

Detectives also want to speak with anyone who was in the area around 2 p.m. Anyone with information was asked to call non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911 and ask to speak with a detective.

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