North Idaho

Observant neighbor helps catch suspected child killer

Observant neighbor helps catch suspected child killer

WORLEY, Idaho - Police say suspected child killer Jason Obermiller claimed to have known the owners of a remote cabin on Lake Coeur d'Alene where he was hiding from authorities.

Obermiller, 32, was wanted for the murder of 2-year-old Adalynn Hoyt on Sept. 13 in Spokane County. Obermiller was also wanted by the U.S. Marshals for a felony probation violation warrant. 

Police found him at the lakeside cabin on Tuesday around noon in the 3500 block of Mulsh Way -- that's just outside of Worley, Idaho.

There are a few neighbors near the cabin who keep an eye on each other's property, but a lot of the homes sit completely vacant most of the year. That's what made the remote cabin such a perfect place for Obermiller to hide from authorities.

Unfortunately for Jason, this neighborhood of summer homes isn't completely empty.

An observant neighbor was looking out for other property owners, and did exactly what you're supposed to do when you see something out of the ordinary: report it.

Thanks to the neighbors call to the cabin owner, that owner called the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office. Deputies found a white SUV outside. They determined by the vehicle's license plate that the SUV had been reported stolen out of Spokane.

When questioned by deputies, Obermiller gave them a fake name. One of the deputies recognized Obermiller from a police bulletin, and the suspect admitted what his real name is.

Obermiller claimed to have done work for the cabin's owner in the past, but police say he did not have permission to stay there.  

Obermiller is making his first appearance in Kootenai County Court at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. He will face extradition back to Washington.