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Homicide Detectives Investigate Suspicious Death

July 12, 2004 00:00


On Friday, July 9, 2004, 45-year-old Ilaben Patel was reported missing from the Madison Suites Motel located in the 3600 block of Northeast 82nd Avenue. An investigation into her disappearance was started and continued through the weekend.

On Sunday, July 11, 2004 at approximately 4:30 p.m., people looking to pick berries discovered a body of a female in an area of densely over-grown blackberry bushes located below the Halsey Street overpass, near I-205.

The body has been identified as the missing woman, Ilaban Patel. The Medical Examiner’s Office has conducted an autopsy, but cause of death has not yet been determined. This is being termed a “suspicious death” and the investigation is continuing.

Detectives are seeking information from anyone who may have seen or interacted with Ms. Patel at the Madison Suites Motel on Friday, July 9, 2004. They are also urging that anyone who may have seen any type of suspicious activity in the area of the Halsey Street Overpass over I-205 Freeway between the hours of noon on Friday, July 9th and the early morning hours of Sunday, July 11, 2004 to call Detective Paul Weatheroy at (503) 823-0458 or Detective Cheryl Kanzler at (503) 823-0457.


The Portland Police Bureau Homicide Detail has concluded their investigation into the death of Ilaben Patel. Mrs. Patel was reported missing from her residence and place of business on July 9, 2004, and her body was found under the Halsey Street overpass on July 11, 2004. The Medical Examiner’s office has determined that Mrs. Patel’s death was the result of being exposed to the elements after falling from the Halsey Street overpass and sustaining an incapacitating injury. The Medical Examiner’s office and the Portland Police Homicide Detectives have found no evidence of homicidal violence. Independent witnesses corroborate that Mrs. Patel was alone on the overpass near the time of her death. Because it is unknown if Mrs. Patel accidentally fallen or intentionally jumped from the overpass, the Medical Examiner has listed the manner of death as, “Undetermined.”

The investigation was a joint effort by the Portland Police Bureau, Oregon State Medical Examiners Office, and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office. The Police Bureau is thankful for the assistance they received from many citizens and organizations, who not only provided information, but also assisted with search efforts.


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