UPDATE #3 - Homicide Detectives Conducting a Death Investigation in North Portland's Portsmouth Neighborhood

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May 09, 2014 11:05


The Oregon State Medical Examiner has determined that 4-year-old Maribella Willard and her father, 34-year-old Jesse Willard, died of single gunshot wounds to the head. Detectives believe that the suspect, Jesse Willard, shot and killed his daughter then took his own life.

Maribella's mother (Jesse's wife) arrived home from work and found them deceased in the home. Their other daughter was not home at the time of the shooting and was not injured.

Detectives learned that Jesse was struggling with mental health issues prior to the shootings.

Community members seeking information on how to communicate with friends and children about this tragedy are encouraged to visit the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) at http://www.tipnational.org/

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.

The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call (503) 963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at (503) 972-3456.



This morning, Friday May 9, 2014, the Oregon State Medical Examiner is performing autopsies on the two people found dead in a Portsmouth neighborhood home.

Homicide detectives are investigating the deaths of the 4-year-old girl and her 34-year-old father as a homicide and suicide.

Additional details are expected to be released later this afternoon.



This evening, at 6:53 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 4700 block of North Houghton Street on the report of two people deceased inside the home.

Officers arrived and located a 34-year-old male and a 4-year-old female deceased inside the home. Officers called for Homicide detectives to respond to begin a death investigation.

At this point, there have been no arrests, police are not looking for any suspects and there is no reason to believe there is any danger to the public.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will perform autopsies on both of the deceased tomorrow to determine the cause of death.

No additional updates are expected until after the autopsies.



This evening, Thursday May 8, 2014, Homicide Detectives and Criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division are responding to a residence in the 4700 block of North Houghton Street to assist North Precinct officers with a death investigation.

Interested media should stage at North Newman Avenue and Houghton Street.

PIO en route to the scene, ETA 30 minutes.



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