UPDATE:Portland Police Investigate Suspicious Death

UPDATE:Portland Police Investigate Suspicious Death

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February 04, 2010 22:47



Portland Police Homicide Detectives have arrested James D. Taft, a 51-year-old male, for Strangulation and Murder in the death of Virginia Malvey. Taft has been booked into the Multnomah County Jail and is awaiting arraignment. A photograph will be sent to all media.


The victim in this case has been identified as Virginia Malvey, a 51-year-old female. The cause of death is asphyxiation by strangulation. This death is being investigated as a homicide. Portland Police Homicide Detectives are continuing their investigation. We will provide additional updates as more information becomes available.

Original Message:

Last night at around 11:10 p.m., Portland Police Officers responded to a 9-1-1 call concerning a deceased woman inside a residence in the 900 Block of NW Naito Parkway. When officers arrived, they confirmed that a 51-year-old woman was deceased inside an apartment. The 9-1-1 call came from friends of the deceased woman. Homicide Detectives and the Medical Examiner's Office were called to the scene to further investigate this incident.

An autopsy will be scheduled to determine cause and manner of death and this investigation is continuing. At this time, investigators do not believe there is any danger to the public concerning this incident.


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