June 17, 2024

New Portland ‘serial killer’: Jesse Calhoun identified as person of interest in four mysterious deaths

The sister of a murdered Oregon woman says police dismiss the serial killer theory

Oregon officials have identified Jesse Lee Calhoun of Portland as a person of interest in the deaths of four women who police say are connected, law enforcement sources told The Associated Press.

The 38-year-old has not been officially named as a person of interest or charged with any crimes related to the investigation.

He is currently in jail on unrelated charges, after being arrested on June 6 for a parole violation.

On Monday, nine different police departments released a joint statement reporting the death of Kristin Smith, 22; Lynn Perry Charity, 24; Bridget Leanne (Ramsay) Webster, 31; and Ashely Real, 22, linked up.

The four women were found near or on the side of the road between February and May in the greater Portland area. The cause of their death has not been determined.


Did a governor’s pardon let the possible Oregon killer go?

Jesse Calhoun, a Portland man who police identified as a person of interest in the recent deaths of four Oregon women, was released from prison early by governor Kate Brown.

Originally scheduled for release in the summer of 2022, Mr. Calhoun’s sentence was conditionally commuted, as part of a group of 41 Oregon inmates given reduced sentences after their service on prison fire crews fighting wildfires in 2020. against Willamette Week. It was released in 2021.

“I am very sorry for the victims, their families, and all those affected by these losses,” Ms Brown said KOIN in a statement.

Josh Marcus20 July 2023 08:32


Read the full update from Oregon police on the suspicious death investigation

“Investigators and prosecutors from multiple law enforcement agencies have been working together on multiple death investigations in Northwest Oregon, and have determined that there are connections between four cases: Kristin Smith, Charity Perry, Bridget Webster, and Ashley Real.

“These Investigators and prosecutors, from nine different law enforcement agencies, have been in regular communication and have been working together on these investigations for several months. These agencies include the Gresham Police Department, Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Polk County District Attorney’s Office, and the Oregon State Police.

“No charges have been filed against anyone in connection with any of these four death investigations. Investigators have interviewed multiple people in connection with these cases and have identified at least one person of interest connected to all four of the deceased. Based on the information available to investigators, there is not believed to be any active danger to the public at this time.

“No additional information, including the type of information that links these four cases together, is being released at this time, as these are ongoing death investigations. The cause and manner of death in each case remains undetermined by the Oregon State Medical Examiner.

“These four ongoing investigations include:

  • February 19, 2023 – Kristin Smith, 22 (Portland Police Bureau)

    • Missing report filed with Gresham Police Department on December 22, 2022.
  • April 24, 2023 – Charity Lynn Perry, 24 (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)
  • April 30, 2023 – Bridget Leann (Ramsay) Webster, 31 (Poland County Sheriff’s Office)
  • May 7, 2023 – Ashley Real, 22 (Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office)

    • Missing report filed with Portland Police Bureau on April 4, 2023.

“Investigators continue to seek the public’s assistance in each of these investigations. Anyone with information about these cases is asked to contact the investigator or the appropriate investigative agency. Media requests regarding specific cases should be directed to the investigating agency.

“Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous can submit tips to Crime Stoppers in Oregon. Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers in Oregon, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tips can remain anonymous. Anonymous secure tips may be provided at www.crimestoppersofergon.com or visit the App Store and download P3 Tips for smartphones or tablets.

“Crime Stoppers in Oregon is 100% funded by community donations. To support Crime Stoppers in Oregon with a donation, or to view other unsolved cases, please visit http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/.

Josh Marcus20 July 2023 07:32


As Oregon police investigate one possible killing, New York officials take on another

As the Portland community waits for updates on a serial killer case in their area, another case is unfolding on the other side of the country.

Last week, police in New York announced a major break in the investigation of the Gilgo Beach murders, and the architect Rex Heuermann, who is based in Manhattan, was arrested as the main suspect.

Josh Marcus20 July 2023 06:32


Other Oregon deaths are not part of the investigation, police say

Speculation about a possible serial killer or connection between the deaths began last month when people suggested that six different possible homicide victims were involved.

Now police have linked four of the deaths to one person of interest.

But two deaths, that of Oregon resident Joanna Speaks, 32, and an unidentified woman are not believed to be related to the current investigation.

Ms. Speaks was found on an abandoned property in Ridgefield, Washington about 20 miles north of Portland. Authorities at the Clark County Sheriff’s Office indicated that Ms. Speaks’ body may have been moved.

The other woman, who has not yet been identified, was found in a downtown Portland neighborhood. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office indicated she may be Native American or Alaska Native and between 25 and 40 years old.

Josh Marcus20 July 2023 05:32


A medical examiner did not determine the cause of death in the Oregon investigation

The deaths of four women in the Portland metro area involved a single person of interest, authorities in several police departments confirmed Monday.

However, it is still unclear how they died.

According to a joint press release, the Oregon State Medical examiner was unable to determine the cause and manner of each death.

All four women were found near or on the side of the road within 100 miles of each other.

Josh Marcus20 July 2023 04:32


The moment the Oregon death investigation changed

On Monday, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office announced that four of the victims were linked to a single person of interest, according to KPTV.

Authorities have not released the person’s identity, and they do not currently face criminal charges in connection with the murders, the sheriff’s office said.

Josh Marcus20 July 2023 03:54


ICYMI: Jesse Calhoun identified as a person of interest in the suspicious deaths of four women in Portland

Oregon police have identified Jesse Lee Calhoun of Portland as a person of interest in the recent deaths of four women in the area that officials say are related, according to the Associated Press, citing law enforcement sources.

On Monday, a group of nine police agencies in Washington announced they had identified a person of interest in the deaths of Kristin Smith, 22; Lynn Perry Charity, 24; Bridget Leanne (Ramsay) Webster, 31; and Ashely Real, 22. Police previously said the deaths, which occurred between February and May, were unrelated.

Calhoun has not been publicly named by police as a person of interest or charged with any crimes related to the investigation.

Calhoun, whose last address was in Portland, is currently in custody at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario, Oregon, on unrelated charges, according to state records.

More details in our full story.

Josh Marcus20 July 2023 02:32


Mum says she is ‘in the dark’ about her daughter’s mysterious death

Diane Allen, whose daughter Charity Lynn Perry is one of four women whose mysterious deaths are being investigated by Portland-area police, says she doesn’t know where things are going.

She told the Associated Press that she only gets occasional updates from the police.

“I’m in the dark about a lot,” Allen told the AP on Wednesday. “But the detective and I understand why this is necessary. We don’t need anything to carry out this investigation.”

Josh Marcus20 July 2023 01:38


Police raided three apartments linked to Calhoun, a neighbor says

Investigators in full-body suits spent days searching a woman’s apartment in Milwaukie, Oregon, as part of their investigation into the linked deaths of four women in the neighboring Portland area. tell The Oregonian.

Police cut out a piece of the couch and carpet in the unit, the neighbor said.

The apartment at the center of the search allegedly belongs to the girlfriend of Jesse Lee Calhoun, a person of interest in the police investigation into the deaths.

Josh Marcus20 July 2023 01:00


A woman who claims to be Jesse Calhoun’s girlfriend speaks out in a YouTube video

A woman claiming to be Jesse Lee Calhoun’s girlfriend has offered new claims about the investigation into the deaths of four women in the Portland area.

The unnamed woman, speaking to a local YouTuber, said she was in a relationship with Calhoun, who is said to be a person of interest in the police investigation.

The woman said Calhoun sold fentanyl and knew at least two of the women who were recently found dead, The Oregonian reports.

Police have not publicly announced any persons of interest or charges in the investigation, although law enforcement sources have told local media that Calhoun is at the center of the case.

Josh Marcus20 July 2023 00:32

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