CORRECTION: Joanna Speaks Homicide Case Transferred to PPB Homicide Unit

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November 27, 2023 14:30


With the Joanna Speaks homicide being transferred to PPB, this brings the total number of homicides in Portland this year to 68, not 67 as previously indicated. We regret the error.


***Original Message Below***

A homicide case out of Clark County has been transferred to the jurisdiction of the Portland Police Bureau.

On April 8, 2023, the Ridgefield Police Department responded to the 8000 block of South 5th Street in Ridgefield, Washington on a report of a death. At the request of Ridgefield Police, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit (MCU), assisted by the Vancouver Police Major Crimes Unit, responded to investigate. The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the deceased as Joanna K. Speaks, 32, of Oregon.

Based on information developed in that investigation, there is reason to believe that the homicide happened in Portland. No arrests have been made.

This is an active homicide investigation, and the Portland Police Bureau is asking for information from the public. If anyone has information about this case, please contact Detective Jeff Pontius at or 503-823-0433, or Detective Steve Gandy at or 503-823-0449 and reference case number 23-804445.

This homicide brings the total number of homicides in Portland this year to 67.

Previously released information from Clark County Sheriff’s office is available here:



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