California homicide suspect wanted in Klamath

A warrant for Robert Vogee's arrest was issued in November 2006

The inside of a jail (Public Domain Photos, Ken Kistler)
The inside of a jail (Public Domain Photos, Ken Kistler)

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) – A man suspected of killing a woman in Northern California has been wanted in Oregon since a 2006 felony assault in Klamath Falls.

The Herald and News reports a woman told police that her boyfriend Robert Vogee strangled her past the point of consciousness.

A warrant for Vogee’s arrest was issued in November 2006.

Vogee is now is suspected of killing Pamela Sue Johnson. Her remains were recovered Tuesday after a fire at Vogee’s home in Alturas, California. The 59-year-old suspect was hospitalized after being found unconscious.

Modoc County District Attorney Jordan Funk says authorities believe Vogee set the fire as both a suicide attempt and an effort to destroy evidence of a homicide.

Funk says Vogee and Johnson were casual acquaintances who served on the Modoc County Arts Council.

A candlelight vigil for Johnson was held Thursday outside the county courthouse.