Suspicious Death Now Homicide Investigation (Photo)

December 05, 2022 15:19


The suspicious death associated to the November 27, 2022, Lloyd District Fire is now being investigated as a homicide after the Medical Examiner determined the manner and cause of death to be homicide by smoke inhalation.

The victim is identified as 56-year-old Jesse Ray Burns Jr. Burns’ family provided the attached photograph for public release and is requesting privacy at this time.

Photograph: Jesse Ray Burns Jr


***Original Message Below***

The Portland Police Bureau Homicide Unit is conducting a suspicious death investigation associated to a Lloyd District fire.

On November 27, 2022, just after 6:00 p.m., the Portland Fire Bureau was dispatched to a structure fire at 900 North Thunderbird Way. After extinguishing the fire, members of the Fire Bureau discovered the body of a deceased male inside. The Portland Police Homicide Unit responded to the scene and is investigating the death.

Anyone who believes they have information about this incident and have not yet spoken with police is asked to contact Detective Jeff Pontius at (503)823-0433 or Detective Steve Gandy at (503)823-0449.



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