August 20, 2012 11:30Attachment: VIEW FILES
On Thursday August 16, 2012, a Multnomah County Grand Jury indicted 40-year-old Mark Daniel Beebout for 9 counts of Aggravated Murder and one count each of Rape in the First Degree, Sodomy in the First Degree and Sex Abuse in the First Degree, in connection with the death of an unidentified woman found dead in Portland's Washington Park on Tuesday June 26, 2012. Mark Beebout will be arraigned on these new charges tomorrow, Tuesday August 21, 2012. Beebout was previously arrested in Seattle, Washington on July 19, 2012.
Oregon State Police Crime Lab Forensic Examiners have linked Beebout to the victim through DNA.
Beebout was previously arrested and indicted for six counts of Aggravated Murder, two counts of Assault in the Fourth Degree, and one count each of Sodomy in the First Degree, Sex Abuse in the First Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle. These charges were in connection with the death of 32-year-old Nikayla Jaedon Powell in early July 2012 in an apartment in the 1400 block of Southeast Belmont Street.
This investigation started when City of Portland Park Rangers located the remains of a young female in Washington Park, just West of the Vista Bridge off of Southwest Jefferson Street.
Based on the initial officers' observations at the scene, Homicide detectives, Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division, and the Oregon State Medical Examiner were called to the scene to begin a death investigation.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner performed an autopsy and has determined that her death is the result of homicide by unknown means. Investigators have not yet been able to determine the young woman's identity, as she has no fingerprints on file in any database. There are no recent missing persons cases that match the physical description of the young woman.
The young woman is described as a mixed race female (possibly Hispanic or Native American) in her teens or early 20s, approximately 5' tall, 100 pounds, with long, straight, black hair.
A facial reconstruction sketch is being released in hopes that someone will recognize the young woman and contact detectives. The sketch was drawn by Joyce Nagy, a Forensic Sketch Artist with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
The young woman was wearing a sweatshirt and detectives have released an exact image of the logo to see if anyone might be familiar with her in the Portland area. Investigators believe that the young woman may not be from Portland and are asking that this information be shared nationwide.
Based on the preliminary investigation, the deceased young woman was possibly a runaway or missing from out of the area and relatively new to the transient lifestyle.
Evidence at the scene indicated that there were other campers in the vicinity that may be able to assist in the investigation.
Although this is an ongoing investigation, special thanks go to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office, the Oregon State Police Crime Lab and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office for their assistance.
Anyone with information about the young woman's identity or her death is asked provide information that will allow detectives to contact her family.
Additionally, detectives would like to hear from anyone with background information about Mark Beebout or if they remember seeing Mark Beebout with a young woman matching this description.
Contact Detective Molly Daul at (503) 823-0991 or Molly.Daul@PortlandOregon.gov; or, Rico Beniga at (503) 823-0457 or Rico.Beniga@PortlandOregon.gov.
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Sgt. Pete Simpson