On 2/21/19 at 9:19 AM, the North East Oregon Regional SWAT Team arrested Ronald D. Lee on a Union County arrest warrant following a Grand Jury Indictment for Murder. The charge stems from the death of Loretta A. Williams, which occurred in the early morning hours of November 17, 2018 at her residence in Cove.

The indictment was issued by a Union County Grand Jury after a lengthy investigation by the Union County Major Crimes Team. The Major Crimes Team consists of members from the Union County Sheriff’s Office, the La Grande Police Department, the Oregon State Police, and the Union County District Attorney’s Office. Detective Jason McKaig of the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Detective Mike Harris of the La Grande Police Department are the lead Detectives in the case.

Union County Sheriff Boyd Rasmussen said, “We appreciate the support and cooperation of Loretta’s family and the community at large during this complex and taxing investigation. The case remains under investigation.”