PORTLAND, OREGON — The last time anyone saw Charity Perry was in early March. Just over a month and a half later, the 24-year-old’s body was discovered in Ainsworth State Park. Diana Allen said, “I know she wasn’t stabbed,” in response to the question. She did not receive a blow to the head. She was not hit by the gun. Perry’s mother is named Allen. Allen struggled to speak fluently after his daughter’s death. His life was completely turned upside down.
Allen said, “I’m better than the first week,” referring to his recovery progress. “I have a little better control of my blood pressure.” Since mid-February, the body of Allen’s daughter is one of five that have been found among young women in and around the Portland area. As a result, many people feel like a serial killer is still on the loose. Separately, this week the Portland Police Bureau released a statement in which it said its detectives did not believe the deaths were related. A source familiar with the investigation has since told The Oregonian that the statement made by the PPB was premature and that detectives are still looking for parallels in the unsolved homicides. Until then, a source had told The Oregonian that Perry, Joanna Speaks and Bridget Webster frequently traveled southeast to 82nd Avenue and the surrounding area near downtown Clackamas.
Allen said, “I think it’s important for people to recognize these girls as girls,” and I wholeheartedly agree with her sentiment. Allen isn’t convinced the deaths are linked, but adds that she wouldn’t be completely surprised if it ultimately turns out to be the case. What she really wants is an answer. I accepted the fact that I might have to be patient in order to get the information I need.