Friday, June 30, 2017

UPDATE #2: Death Investigation Underway at Southeast Portland's Beggars Tick Marsh (Photo)


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: June 30th, 2017 3:15 PM
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The body found in Beggars Tick Marsh has not yet been identified. The Oregon State Medical Examiner did not find any signs of trauma during the autopsy.

The Portland Police Bureau's Missing Persons Unit is continuing to work to identify the deceased, who was believed to be in the water for at least two months.

The person is described as a white male, 50 to 60 years old, 5'5" tall, medium build, light facial hair or stubble, missing some teeth, wearing Nike velcro-strap shoes, hospital-type ankle socks with grip on the bottom, and dark-colored denim pants. In his possession was a key fob to a Ford vehicle, other keys stamped "Curlys" (which investigators believe to be Curly's Locksmith in Vancouver), wearing some jewelry, including a ring with a Harley Davidson logo.

Anyone with information about this person is asked to contact Detective Lori Fonken at 503-823-1081,


The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Dive Team responded to assist with the body recovery from Beggars Tick Marsh. The remains have been turned over to the Oregon State Medical Examiner, who will conduct an autopsy on Wednesday to determine identity and cause of death. Initial observations did not show any obvious signs of trauma.

Updates will be shared when they become available.



On Tuesday June 27, 2017, at 10:01 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to Beggars Tick Park, located at 5801 Southeast 111th Avenue, on the report that a Portland Parks & Recreation employee found a body in the marsh. Based on the initial observations, the body has been in the water for quite some time.

Officers and Portland Fire & Rescue personnel are at the scene working to determine how to collect the body from the marsh for examination by the Oregon State Medical Examiner.

At this point, there is no identity, age, sex, or information on cause of death.

As information becomes available, updates will be provided.

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