On June 15, 1993, a 9-year-old Beach School student was walking home. His route took him by N. Going and Concord to the pedestrian overpass. As he was about to step on the overpass, he observed what appeared to be a bare human leg in the bushes against the concrete sound barrier. He approached this leg close enough to discern that there was a human body there in the bushes. This student went home, told his father what he had seen then he and his father returned to the location. His father confirmed that what the student had seen was a body. The father then contacted 911, the police arrived and secured the crime scene.
As detectives reviewed the scene, it appeared that the body had been discarded at that location in an attempt to conceal it. Subsequent investigation revealed that the victim’s name was Lawauna Janelle Triplet, a 29 year-old African-American female. She was 5’2”, 120 lbs and last seen alive walking west on NE Alberta Street at approximately 1:30 a.m. on the day her body was found. Ms Triplet was known to prostitute herself to obtain drugs.
The Medical Examiner’s autopsy revealed that Ms Triplet died of abdominal injuries.
Detectives received numerous tips regarding this murder, but one of particular note was a phone call from a subject identifying himself as “21.” “21” did give Detectives pertinent information and told Detectives he would call back. He never did!
If you or anyone that you know has any information regarding the death of Lawauna Triplet or the identity of “21,” you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 503-823-HELP.