Police now say woman found in apt. was homicide victim

Police now say woman found in apt. was homicide victim

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police say a woman who was found dead in her Southeast Portland apartment was the victim of a homicide.

Investigators have released very few details of their case. They did, however, say the victim is a woman in her 30s.

A medical examiner determined on Wednesday that she died of “homicidal violence.” Police did not elaborate on that.

Detectives are still trying to figure out exactly who the woman is, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Officers first found the body on Tuesday afternoon after somebody reported the woman was dead in her apartment near SE 14th Avenue and Belmont Street.

Neighbors said they had been complaining to building management since Saturday about the smell.

"The whole hallway had this pungent smell to it," said neighbor Joe Cordo.

One tenant, who asked to not be identified, showed us the maintenance form he filled out on Saturday telling Metro Star Properties that there was a "terrible odor" in the building.

He said he followed up with a call on Monday and complained about the specific apartment.

He said he then got a voicemail from a property manager saying they inspected the unit, didn't see anyone inside and blamed the smell on pet waste.

A representative of Metro Star, who also didn't want to be identified, said they didn't see the complaint until Sunday evening. When someone inspected the apartment, they didn't see the body because it was on a bunk bed.

Employees eventually found the body when they went back on Tuesday to clean up the animal mess.

Detectives have not named any suspects or made any arrests, Simpson said.