Portland, OR Police Find Third Strangled Woman In Local Park FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sat, 5 Jun 1999 09:21:21 -0700 (PDT)


"We have a concern for women who cannot find shelter and are sleeping in
parks." -- from article below

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FWD  Friday, June 4, 1999

PORTLAND POLICE SAY THIRD STRANGLED WOMAN FOUND

PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Police are investigating whether a serial killer
is at work in this Oregon city after a young woman was found strangled in a
local park, the third in less than a month found murdered in that location.

``We have a serious problem here,'' said Cheryl Kanzler, a spokeswoman for
the Portland Police Bureau, said Friday. ``We have a series of homicides
fitting a specific pattern which may be the responsibility of one person.''

The Portland medical examiner's office said they were working to identify
the third young woman to be strangled in Portland's Forest Park since early
May.

Hikers discovered all three bodies in the 4,800-acre park, which is heavily
used by hikers, runners, bikers and dog walkers. It is heavily forested and
some of the terrain is rugged and steep. It is the largest wilderness park
within a city limits in the United States.

The most recent body was found at the park Thursday. Kanzler said there was
no indication that the latest victim was using the park for recreational
purposes.

Her body was found about less than a half-mile from where the other two
bodies were found. Lilla Faye Moler, 28, was dead one to two months before
her body was discovered on May 7. Stephanie Lynn Russell, 26, was found on
May 8 and had probably been dead one week.

Kanzler said authorities have no suspects in any of the murders yet. More
than 100 investigators using dogs and infrared equipment have been
searching the park for clues.

The first two women had at one time been served by Transition Projects
Inc., an agency serving the homeless, said Doreen Binder, executive
director.

``We are going over safety issues at our facilities,'' she said. ``We hope
this is the end of it. We have a concern for women who cannot find shelter
and are sleeping in parks''

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