Oregon police have identified Jesse Lee Calhoun of Portland as a person of interest in the recent deaths of four area women that authorities say are connected. according to the associated pressciting law enforcement sources.
On Monday, a group of nine Washington police agencies announced that they have identified a person of interest in the death of 22-year-old Kristin Smith; Charity Lynn Perry, 24; Bridget Leanne (Ramsey) Webster, 31; and Ashley Real, 22. Police had earlier said there was no link between the deaths between February and May.
Police have not publicly named Calhoun as a person of interest or charged him with any crime related to the investigation.
Calhoun, whose last address was in Portland, is currently in custody at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario, Oregon, on unrelated charges. As per state records.
The 38-year-old man came into custody there on July 6 and is set to be released. The records do not say why the person is in jail.
Independent has contacted the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office for comment, which is leading a joint investigation into the four deaths.
In 2019, Calhoun was charged with three counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle, one count of assaulting a public safety officer, and one count of first-degree theft.
When a SWAT team arrived to arrest Calhoun on an outstanding warrant that year, he strangled a police dog and kicked an officer, According to court records viewed by KOIN,
Originally scheduled to be released in 2022, Mr. Calhoun’s sentence was conditionally commuted by then-Governor Kate Brown, part of a group of 41 Oregon inmates who were given reduced sentences after they served on prison firefighters battling wildfires in 2020. Per Willamette Week, He was released in 2021.
“I am absolutely horrified for the victims, their families and everyone who has experienced these losses,” Ms. Brown told KOIN in a statement.
Calhoun’s commutation was canceled earlier this month by Governor Tina Kotek’s office. told Oregon Public Broadcasting,
The 38-year-old was arrested in 2018 with meth, guns and several rounds of ammunition, an incident that prompted the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. dub Calhoun a “masterful thief and career criminal”.
At least three of the women found dead had frequented the same areas of downtown Portland in the months before their deaths, sources said. Oregon Live In June.
Smith, who was reported missing in December 2022, was found in February in a wooded area near Portland’s Pleasant Valley neighborhood.
Meanwhile, Perry was discovered on April 24 near Ainsworth State Park, east of the city, according to the Multnomah Sheriff’s Office.
Police said the death was looking suspicious at the time.
Perry’s mother Diana Allen told KPIC She suffered from mental health problems, and the family wanted her to be remembered for her kindness and positivity.
“His smile could always light up the world,” Ms Allen told KPIC.
Less than a week after Webster was found in northwestern Polk County, southwest of Portland, sheriff’s officials declared the death suspicious.
The following month, Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies found Real’s body in a wooded area near Eagle Creek, about 23 miles southeast of Portland.
Bevan Hurley contributed reporting to this story