Family, police appeal to public for help in finding attorney's killer

Family, police appeal to public for help in finding attorney's killer

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The family of a slain federal public defender and police are asking the public for help in a homicide investigation that has not turned up any obvious motive or suspect so far.

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.

Detective Sgt. Paul Weatheroy and Bergeson's daughter, Jamie, made the public appeal at a news conference on Wednesday, encouraging calls to Portland police with any information.

Weatheroy said the investigation is still in its early stages but police are devoting considerable resources to it.

He said details are being withheld to protect the investigation but a $1,000 reward is being offered for tips.
     
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