Police ID woman found dead in Milwaukie home

Police ID woman found dead in Milwaukie home »Play Video
Investigators comb an area outside of a Milwaukie home where a woman was found dead. (KATU photo).

MILWAUKIE, Ore. - A woman was found dead in a Milwaukie home and police are investigating the case as a homicide.

The body was discovered around 3:30 p.m. Sunday at a home in the 4400 block of Southeast Roethe Road.

Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies had gone there after getting a 9-1-1 call from a mother who was worried about her daughter. She reported some suspicious circumstances so the sheriff's office went to check it out.

The woman's daughter was found dead at the home and at this point investigators say it appears she was murdered. The victim has since been identified as 41-year-old Michelle Leigh Walker.

Walker was interviewed by KATU back in 2007 after she was severely injured following a dog attack. The picture on the right is a file photo from that story.

As far as what happened over the weekend, neighbors told us they noticed something odd at the home but were not aware that something violent had happened.

"Sometime between 11:30 and midnight I could hear a lot of shouting back and forth between a female and a male," said neighbor Chris Hawkins. "And all of a sudden it stopped, like that."

Two neighbors reported hearing what sounded like gunshots. They also said a man often stayed at the home and that Walker has a son who is a sophomore at nearby Rex Putnam High School.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's Confidential Tip Line by phone at (503) 723-4949, by using the online form or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword CCSO as the first word in the message body. Reference case # 12-20253.

Investigators are specifically hoping to hear from anyone who saw something suspicious near the woman's apartment.