23-year-old Colby James Hedman

23-year-old Colby James Hedman was arrested for theft and trying to elude law enforcement. He is a suspect in the Walla Walla homicide.

7-11-19 UPDATE:

WALLA WALLA, WA - The body of Kyle Martz was found dismembered at his residence in Walla Walla on Monday evening. 

The suspect is Colby James Hedman. He stole Martz's truck and made it to Baker City, Oregon where he was arrested.

Hedman confessed he killed Martz with an ax. 

He is currently being held in the Baker County Jail in Baker City, Oregon, facing charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and eluding a police vehicle in Baker County Circuit Court.

Hedman’s bail in the Oregon Court Judge is $100,000. After the Oregon case is completed, Walla Walla County will seek to extradite him to Washington.

He faces charges of first degree murder and theft of a motor vehicle. 

WALLA WALLA, WA - A 23-year-old man arrested in Oregon is the suspect in a Walla Walla homicide.

On July 8 at 6 p.m., Walla Walla Police received a 911 call from a person reporting a roommate missing in the 300 block of S. 4th Avenue.

When police and detectives arrived, they found a body. They determined that the victim's vehicle was missing from the home, which was later found in the Baker City, Oregon area. A person of interest was arrested for theft and trying to elude law enforcement around 11 p.m.

WWPD detectives went to Baker City and determined that the person arrested in Oregon is the suspect in the homicide under investigation. He was identified as 23-year-old Colby James Hedman, and is believed to be transient.

As of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, police have identified the homicide victim as Walla Walla resident 35-year-old Kyle Jordan Martz.

At this time, police do not believe that neither the suspect nor victim knew each other.

An autopsy will be scheduled by the Walla Walla County Coroner’s office to determine cause of death.

Recommended for you