PORTLAND – A 37-year-old murder suspect is now being investigated in connection with another murder.
Police said Erik John Meiser is being investigated for the July stabbing death of a camper in Kelso, Washington.
The accused white supremacist is charged with fatally stabbing an Oregon man and slashing the face of another man at a Utah bus station. Meiser was arrested at a motel in Corvallis last month.
In court, prosecutors hinted that Meiser is "the focus on an ongoing investigation in another state."
They declined to provide specifics. Meiser appeared in a Clackamas County Courtroom Wednesday afternoon.
Sources say Meiser is now under investigation for the murder of 28-year-old Nick Fickett, who was found stabbed to death inside his tent, along the Cowlitz River in July.
His defense lawyers are asking for a mental evaluation.
Evidence from that crime scene was sent to the state lab for analysts. So far, Meiser has not been charged in the Kelso case. Cowlitz County detectives declined to comment, noting it's a "very active investigation."
Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said a tip led investigators to Corvallis, where they spotted Meiser walking down a street on Saturday, September 22. Sheriff's deputies and the U.S. Marshals Service arrested him at gunpoint and without incident at a Super 8 motel.
The capture ended a nearly weeklong manhunt that spanned the West Coast.
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KGW Reporter Kyle Iboshi contributed to this report