Gresham

Possible witness to Jessie Cavett murder is located

Possible witness to Jessie Cavett murder is located
Keshia Moritz

PORTLAND, Ore. - A 28-year-old woman who police had been looking for as a possible witness to a murder has been located.

Keshia Moritz' picture was sent out by police late Sunday evening. Investigators wanted to talk to her about a shooting that left 27-year-old Jessie Cavett of Gresham dead. The victim's estranged husband, 36-year-old Joshua Cavett, is accused of killing her and then taking off with their 2-year-old daughter.

An Amber Alert was issued after the crime and Joshua Cavett was taken into custody later that same day. He is facing one count of murder with a firearm constituting domestic violence, one count of felon in possession of a firearm (and using the firearm) and one count of felon in possession of a firearm. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in court on Monday.

Police did not release any more information about Moritz, only stating that she had been located. However, according to law enforcement sources, Moritz had seen the media reports surrounding Jessie Cavett's murder and she reached out to Gresham police to make arrangements to come in for questioning.

The Back Story

It was around 11:30 a.m. Saturday when a 911 caller reported that a woman had been shot in her apartment in the 2700 block of West Powell Boulevard in Gresham. When officers arrived, they found Jessie Cavett clinging to life.

The woman was rushed to a hospital and a manhunt began for the suspect in the shooting - her estranged husband, Joshua Cavett. Police had reason to believe he had taken off with their 2-year-old daughter. His 5-year-old stepdaughter had been left behind with her mother.

An Amber Alert was issued and the word was spread about the man who was considered armed and dangerous. About 10 hours later, Cavett was taken into custody after he approached a man outside a home in Gresham and said he wanted to turn himself in. His daughter was with him - scared and confused, but unharmed.

Jessie Cavett did not survive the shooting. The medical examiner determined she died of a gunshot wound to the head. "By the time she got to the hospital, she was on life support and pretty much brain dead," her sister, Jennie Cochran, said.