Man arrested for murder after telling ER staff he killed his girlfriend

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A man confessed to killing his girlfriend early Saturday morning after showing up at the McKenzie Willamette hospital emergency room with injuries, Springfield Police officials said.

Officers were called out to the hospital at around 2:20 a.m. Saturday after Robert Cromwell, 32, of Springfield, reportedly told ER staff that he had killed his girlfriend, Springfield Police said.

Police said they found the body of Casey Lynn Wright, 26, of Eugene, while doing a welfare check at Cromwell's home near 18th and G Streets.

Springfield Police arrested Cromwell for murder.

Cromwell and Wright were engaged. Family and friends of both Wright and Cromwell said that Saturday's events were shocking and unexpected.

Cromwell's sister tells KVAL News that he expressed remorse for his actions. Cromwell was taken to the hospital with self-inflicted wounds, Cromwell's sister said.


Family and friends of Casey Lynn Wright said she was a caring, bright and passionate person as well as a devoted equestrian and swing dancer.

"She was a role model always willing to share her time and energy with others. I don't think I ever saw her without a smile on her face," said longtime friend and fellow horse-enthusiast Janice Ketsche.

Ketsche said that Casey's horse, Duncan recently underwent surgery. To help the family with the vet bills Ketsche and other friends set up a donation fund. Part of the funds will also be donated to Womenspace.

"We don't want anyone else to suffer what Casey suffered, and we want people to know that there are resources out there designed to help," said Ketsche.

This is a developing story, updates can be found on this website or in the KVAL News broadcasts as information comes in.