PORTLAND, United States — The Portland Police Department said Sunday there was no evidence a serial killer was behind the deaths of six women in and around Portland. Suggestions on social media and in news reports that the cases were linked “caused some anxiety and fear in our community,” the PPB said. “We want to reassure the community that the speculation is not supported by facts.” The Portland Police Department “has no reason to believe these six cases are related,” officials said. All six cases are currently under review.
The PPB is investigating the death of Kristin Smith, 22, whose body was found in a wooded area in Portland’s Pleasant Valley neighborhood in February. In December, it was said that she was lost. No one yet knows what caused her death or how she died. Detectives want to hear from anyone who knows anything about Smith’s death. The PPB is also investigating Ashley Real, who was 22 and disappeared in March. A man fishing near where Real’s body was found found it in the woods of Eagle Creek. The PPB said Clackamas County officers discovered that Real’s death was “suspicious in nature”, but they have not yet decided that she was killed.
In another case, the body of an unidentified woman was found in a tent in the Lents neighborhood of Portland. The PPB said officials said they had no reason to believe foul play had taken place and that the PPBC Homicide Unit was not involved in the investigation. The PPB also said there was no evidence linking the other three deaths, which are being investigated by Multnomah County, Polk County and Clark County. The PPB said: “We ask our community to know the facts about these cases before spreading rumours.” He also said: “PPB assures our community that if we discover a real danger, we will let the public know.”