Local law enforcement agencies are investigating a stabbing that occurred at the northern edge of Ontario early Wednesday morning. (The Enterprise/File).

Local police are investigating a stabbing that occurred early Wednesday morning in the 4400 block of Oregon Highway 201, a rural area on the northern edge of Ontario.

Police said a 38-year-old man was stabbed numerous times and taken by a private vehicle to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario and then transported by LifeFlight to a Boise area hospital.

The Malheur County Sheriff’s Office, the Oregon State Police and the Ontario Police Department are investigating the incident. No arrests have been made, but police expected to execute a search warrant Wednesday afternoon.

The stabbing is in the same area where a man was shot to death in a reported dispute over money. Doug Madrid, 54, died in the driveway of a house in the 4400 block when he was shot once with a shotgun May 9.

Four people were subsequently indicted in Malheur County Circuit Court for murder, conspiracy, hindering prosecution, unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful possession of a destructive device. They are Sara R. Carter, 25, of Vale; Sean C. Prokop, 29, and Ryan S. Macias, 24, of Ontario; and Matthew T. Jaggi, 24, of Parma. Madrid, who once lived in Nyssa, was convicted in Payette County in 2003 for possession of a controlled substance and in Canyon County for aggravated battery. In 2012, he was convicted in Payette County for illegal possession of a controlled substance and served two years in Idaho prison, according to the Idaho Department of Correction.

The police affidavit contained statements indicating Madrid’s murder stemmed from a dispute with Macias. Macias told police he was kidnapped by Madrid about two months ago, though the affidavit provides no details.