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18-year-old arrested for homicide in death of friend

January 07, 2003 00:00


On January 6, 2003, Detectives arrested and charged 18-year-old Benjamin Karl Cramer with one count of Murder in connection with the death of 18-year-old Cassondra Brown. The case began on January 5, 2003, when Brown's family reported her missing. Detectives initiated an investigation, during the course of which they interviewed the suspect, Benjamin Cramer. The interview, along with evidence gathered, resulted in detectives arresting and charging Cramer with murder.

Detectives are currently searching Kelley Point Park and the river near the park for evidence. Investigators have also conducted a search of the suspect's family home. Additional information, including any possible motive, is not being released at this time. Benjamin Cramer is currently being held without bail in the Justice Center Jail.


Since Monday, January 6 2003, Homicide Detectives, along with divers from Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, and the Portland Fire Bureau have been searching the Columbia Slough for evidence in the murder of 18-year-old Cassondra Brown. The search has now been suspended. Homicide Detectives have not been able to locate a large green "army type" duffel bag they believe was thrown into the Columbia Slough. It is believed bag contains evidence in the investigation.

Investigators believe the bag may have traveled down river from the Columbia Slough and may now be in either the Willamette or Columbia River. If anyone finds the bag they should call 9-1-1 immediately, and not touch, move, or open the bag.


On Thursday, January 23, 2003, Portland Police Bureau Homicide Detectives traveled to Long Beach, Washington and positively identified the remains of 18-year-old Cassondra Brown. The remains were found in a bag discovered by a beachcomber walking near the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, January 22, 2003. The remains will be brought back to Portland today and delivered to the Medical Examiner. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning.

This investigation is continuing.



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