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Suspect Arrested in Downtown Murder Investigation

January 24, 2006 00:00



On Monday, January 23, 2006, at 10:10 p.m., Central Precinct discovered the body of 42-year-old Christopher Darryl John Carter on the sidewalk near Southwest 12th Avenue and Southwest Alder Street. Police responded after receiving reports of an injured man in need of medical attention. Carter’s body had signs of sharp force trauma leading officers to believe he had been the victim of a homicide. Detectives were called to the scene to initiate an investigation.

While waiting for detectives to arrive, officers spoke with witnesses who described a possible suspect who had been seen with the victim prior to the assault. After receiving the possible suspect information, an officer contacted 45-year-old Richard Paul Koehrsen a few blocks away from the scene of the assault. Immediately after contacting Koehrsen, officers observed clear evidence that he had been involved in a dispute. Officers detained Koehrsen, who has now been charged with one count of Murder in connection with the death of the victim and booked into the Justice Center Jail.

An autopsy conducted by the Multnomah County Medical Examiner has determined that the victim died of an incised wound to the neck and confirmed that the death was a homicide. Detectives are continuing the investigation and are seeking information from anyone who may have seen any portion of the assault or know either the suspect or victim. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Rich Austria at (503) 823-0449 or Detective Ken Whattam at (503) 823-0696.

This investigation is continuing.



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