Family members posted the following update on social media regarding to condition of Benjamin Fosters assault victim:
“Justine is off the ventilator and breathing on her own! Huge progress. She is also now moving ALL limbs and her full body! She is going through a kinetic phase were she’s moving around vigorously. This is normal with brain injury healing.
We had a few challenges that popped up, but I’m focusing on the positives because they outweigh anything else. She is still not consistently responding to commands.
So fairly non-responsive, but she is pretty much off all sedation and I did get two hand squeezes when asked today! No, she is not ready for visitors. She’s the fighter we all know her to be! Keep your prayers, support and love for her coming! She’s feeling it! Love you all, good night!”
On Tuesday at 6:52 PM, Grants Pass Police Officers responded to a residence in the 2100 block of Shane Way regarding an assault. Upon arrival, officers found a female victim who had been bound and severely beaten into unconsciousness. The victim was transported to an area hospital in critical condition.
The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived but was positively identified as Benjamin Obadiah Foster.
Foster would later go on the run before taking his own life on January 31 after he cowered in a crawl space under the victims house for hours. He is also the only suspect in the double homicide of two Wolf Creek area men found dead while is was attempting to escape capture.
Medford Alert will continue to provide updates as they become available.