1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
March 28, 2007 00:00
On Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at 7:45 pm, East Precinct officers were dispatched to a reported fight in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 12900 block of Southeast Division Street. Officers arrived and discovered the body of 39-year-old Robert Duerksen in a nearby apartment. Based on information from witnesses, Duerksen and his neighbor, 33-year-old Christopher Michael Jordan, reportedly became involved in a fight about a parking space. While the subjects were fighting, Duerksen reportedly collapsed and began to complain of a breathing problem. Duerkson was helped into an apartment where he lost consciousness and died.
Homicide Detectives were called to the scene to conduct an investigation. During the subsequent investigation, detectives contacted and arrested Jordon on an outstanding drug warrant and a new charge of Failing to Register as a Sex Offender. Jordon was booked into the Justice Center Jail.
This morning, the Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy, but was unable to determine a cause of death. Duerksen’s death has been classified as a Homicide pending the results of the toxicology examination.
Detectives do not believe there are any additional suspects in this continuing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Lynn Courtney at (503) 823-0451 or Detective Steve Ober at (502) 823-4033.
Sgt. Pete Simpson