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Third Victim Identified in Serial Homicide Case

June 15, 2006 00:00


On Thursday, June 15, 2006, Portland Police Homicide Detectives, working with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office and Major Crimes Team, discovered the body of 17-year-old Marissa Manwarren in an area north of Newport. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined Manwarren died from gunshot wound to the head. Detectives believe Manwarren was associated with 21-year-old Shawn Ryan Womack, 19-year-old Cevelino Capuia, and 22-year-old Jasmine Lesniak. Investigators are confident the individuals responsible for Manwarren’s death are in custody and additional charges are pending.

Womack and Capuia were arrested on June 13, 2006, for the murders of 28-year-old Chai Taphom and 38-year-old Michael Burchett. Lesniak was also arrested on June 13, 2006, after being caught in Burchett’s stolen Honda. The ongoing investigation has revealed Womack and Capuia had targeted individuals in or around an adult business. Detectives think the primary motive in the murders of Taphom and Burchett was robbery and neither Taphom nor Burchett were known to Womack and Capuia.

This investigation is continuing.


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