Mt. Vernon couple found deceased in their home

By on Sunday, November 20th, 2022 in Eastern/Southeast Oregon News More Top Stories

MT. VERNON – UPDATE: (Press release from Grant County D.A. Jim Carpenter)

On the morning of Saturday, November 19, 2022, Jack Kight (80), and Elaine Kight
(76), were found dead in their home West of Mt. Vernon, Grant County, Oregon.
Preliminary findings are that both died from a single gunshot wound. Further
investigation appears to show that Jack Kight fired both shots. Next of kin have
been notified.

The incident is being investigated by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and the
Oregon State Police. A forensics unit, crime reconstruction unit and additional
detectives were called in to assist. The investigation is ongoing to verify the
preliminary findings.

Grant County District Attorney, Jim Carpenter said, “This, coupled with other
recent similar tragic events in our community has left us reeling. Let’s take the
opportunity to reach out and lift those around us. Find ways to give and inspire
hope to everyone in our sphere of influence.

I would like to thank all those who spent many hours working late hours to ensure
our public safety, including Sheriff McKinley and his officers, Death Investigator
Rich Tirico, Chief Deputy District Attorney Riccola Voigt, and the forensic unit,
reconstruction unit and detectives from the Oregon State Police. Their dedicated
service puts us in good hands.”

Any information known that may be helpful to the investigation can be directed to
the case lead, Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Danny Komning at 541-575-

PREVIOUSLY POSTED – (Press release from Grant County Sheriff Todd McKinley)

On November 19th near 1130 am the Grant County Emergency Communication Center received a 911 call reporting two unresponsive persons at a residence west of Mt. Vernon.

Grant County Deputies along with EMS from the Blue Mt. Hospital responded. It was confirmed, both persons, Jack Kight, 80, and Elaine Kight, 76, of Mt. Vernon were deceased in their home.

Out of the abundance of caution, the Oregon State Police Crime Lab and Major Crimes Team was requested to assist with the investigation.

There are currently no other suspects in the case.

As with any time of the year, and especially near the holidays, if you suspect a family member or friend is struggling with depression or mental health issues, please reach out. Help is a phone call away at 988.

Todd McKinley