Police Press Releases
Date and Time of Incident: September 16, 2014 / 3:06 AM
Location of Incident: 2295 NE Diamond Lake Blvd – Roseburg
Type of Incident: Homicide
Suspect: Flannigan, John Joseph (27) Roseburg
Victim: Rothrock, Lori Lynn (38) Roseburg
Summary: On September 16th at about 3:06 AM Roseburg Police Officers responded to a call of a possible assault victim at the Diamond Lake Fast Stop. Upon arrival officers found Lori Rothrock, an employee, severely injured. Medics checked Rothrock and she was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Subsequent investigation revealed that the injuries were the result of an assault and John Flannigan was eventually developed as a suspect in the case. At around 7:30 AM officers and investigators located Flannigan at his residence in SE Roseburg. Officers surrounded the residence and subsequently obtained a search warrant to enter. Upon entry by the Roseburg PD Emergency Response Team, Flannigan was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Douglas County Jail for Murder.
The Roseburg PD was assisted by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Oregon State Police, the Roseburg Fire Department, and the Douglas County Fire District 2 Ambulance. The Douglas County Major Crimes Team is continuing the investigation and further details may be released as appropriate.
Contact Person: Sgt. Jeff Eichenbusch / Captain Jerry Matthews
Date and Time of Incident: 09/08/2014 1450 hours
Location of Incident: Bike Path Under Interstate 5 near Roseburg High School
Type of Incident: Stabbing
Involved Person(s): (S) 17 year old male, Roseburg
(V) 19 year old male, Roseburg
Summary: On Monday afternoon just before 3:00 PM Officers responded to the report of a large fight on the bike path between Roseburg High School and Gaddis Park on the southern end of the Interstate 5 bridge.
Officers discovered that a 19 year old male had been stabbed once during the fight and had also received a fractured jaw. The victim was transported to mercy Hospital by ambulance where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. A juvenile female was also transported to Mercy for injuries sustained during the fight.
A subsequent investigation revealed that the fight had started between 2 juvenile females, and had grown larger when other people in the area became involved. The male victim was stabbed during the larger disturbance. Most of the involved people and witnesses were Roseburg High School students.
The suspect was identified during the original investigation, but had fled the area. The suspect turned himself in a few hours later and he was lodged at the Juvenile Detention Center for Assault in the 2nd degree.
The investigation is still ongoing and Roseburg Police Detectives would appreciate any witnesses who may have any information to please contact the Roseburg Police Department tip line at (541) 673-0521.
Date and Time Released: 9/9/2014 0930 Hours
Contact Person: Sgt. Eichenbusch