Reward boosted in public defender's death

Reward boosted in public defender's death

PORTLAND, Ore. – In an effort to produce a lead in the homicide case of Nancy Bergeson, the Portland Police Bureau in cooperation with Crime Stoppers is increasing the cash reward up to $10,000 for any information leading to an arrest in the case.

The death of 57-year-old Nancy Bergeson just before Thanksgiving was first believed to be from natural causes before an autopsy showed she had been strangled at her Portland home.

A Portland detective, Sergeant Paul Weatheroy, said details are being withheld to protect the investigation. However, he did say police are devoting considerable resources to this case.

Bergeson worked in Portland for many years as a federal public defense attorney and was well known in the area. Her boss, Federal Public Defender Steven Wax, released this statement shortly after Bergeson's death:

"Her friends and colleagues are devastated by the loss. Nancy is a wonderful dynamic person and an incredibly spirited human being and a truly exceptional attorney."

Bergeson's daughter Jamie has been vigilant in working with police in an effort to bring her mother's murderer to justice.

"My mom, Nancy, was a kind and compassionate woman who touched so many lives," Jamie Bergeson said. "She brought family, friends and teammates together as a beacon of positivity and love. The loss of her life has created an emptiness in so many of our lives."

Detectives ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (503) 823-HELP, leave a tip online at or text 274697 (CRIMES) with "823" and your tip.