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Addressing Online Rumors Surrounding Regional Death Investigations of 6 Women (Photo)

June 04, 2023 16:01


The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) has been hearing widespread questions and concerns about the death investigations of 6 women throughout the region, especially after widely distributed social media posts and news media articles appeared to suggest a connection between them. These discussions have led to some anxiety and fear in our community, and we want to provide reassurance that the speculation is not supported by the facts available at this point.

While any premature death is concerning, and we will diligently investigate deaths that happen in our jurisdiction in collaboration with the Multnomah County and Oregon State Medical Examiner’s offices, PPB has no reason to believe these 6 cases are connected.

The PPB case of Kristin Smith remains under investigation, and no additional information is available. The cause and manner of her death is so far undetermined per the Medical Examiner. The latest information on the case is available here: https://www.portlandorego

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