Front Page Detectives
BREAKING NEWS

Oregon Murders May Be Work of Serial Killer, Cops Investigating Former Inmate Released Early From Prison: Officials

oregon murders serial killer former inmate investigated
Source: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office; Unsplash

Jul. 18 2023, Published 10:57 a.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to XShare to Email

After denying any connection among a recent string of murder cases, investigators in Oregon now say the deaths of four of six women found dead in and around Portland had strikingly suspicious similarities.

According to authorities, 38-year-old Jesse Lee Calhoun, who was released early from a previous prison sentence in 2021 by former Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, is being investigated as a person of interest in connection with at least four of the suspicious deaths.

Article continues below advertisement
Oregon Murders May Be Work of a Serial Killer, Authorities Say
Source: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Charity Perry

In a joint news release with law enforcement agencies involved in the case, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said, “No charges have been filed against anyone in connection with any of these four death investigations. Investigators have interviewed multiple people in connection with these cases and have identified at least one person of interest that is linked to all four of the decedents.”

Calhoun is that person of interest authorities are looking at, according to the Willamette Week.

Oregon Murders May Be Work of a Serial Killer, Authorities Say
Source: Polk County Sheriff's Office

Bridget Webster

Calhoun was among more than 1,000 inmates that were released early from prison after Brown slashed 12 months off his sentence. He was released in July 2021 after he was part of a group of inmates that helped fight wildfires in 2020, the Willamette Week reported.

He was originally in jail after being convicted on a series of felonies that included unauthorized possession of a stolen vehicle, burglary and injuring a police officer and a police dog, according to the Willamette Week.

Article continues below advertisement
Oregon Murders May Be Work of a Serial Killer, Authorities Say
Source: Portland Police Bureau

Ashley Real

MORE ON:
Murder

The recent disclosure follows the discovery of six women's bodies between February and May. All the remains were located within a 100-mile radius of each other. These grim findings were along roadsides, in wooded areas, and in remote rural locations.

Initially, the Portland Police Bureau said they had “no reason to believe these six cases are connected,” as officials addressed online rumors that were swirling at the time.

Never miss a story — sign up for the Front Page Detectives newsletter. Be on the scene the moment news breaks.

Article continues below advertisement
Oregon Murders May Be Work of a Serial Killer, Authorities Say
Source: Portland Police Bureau

Kristin Smith

The four victims reportedly linked to Calhoun are Kristin Smith, 22, Charity Perry, 24, Bridget Webster, 31, and Ashley Real, 22.

The cause and manner of their deaths remain undetermined by the Oregon State Medical Examiner.

Calhoun is back behind bars after Gov. Tina Kotek revoked his commutation sentence at the request of Multnomah prosecutors earlier this month, KGW reported.

Calhoun tried to evade arrest by jumping into the Willamette River in Milwaukie, but he was eventually captured and booked on a parole violation, according to the Willamette Week.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office stated “there is not believed to be any active danger to the community at this time.”

Advertisement

Become a Front Page Detective

Sign up to receive breaking
Front Page Detectives
news and exclusive investigations.

More Stories

Opt-out of personalized ads

© Copyright 2024 FRONT PAGE DETECTIVES™️. A DIVISION OF EMPIRE MEDIA GROUP INC. FRONT PAGE DETECTIVES is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services. Offers may be subject to change without notice.