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Couple found dead in their home - 02/07/18

Update - 02/07/18 at 6pm.

Results from the autopsy today confirmed that both Rick and Suzanne Jackels each died from a single gunshot wound. At this point the death investigation is still active and ongoing. Evidence is being submitted to the Oregon State Police crime lab for analysis. There is no evidence of any other suspects in this case or any threat to the public.


On 02-06-18 at about 1000 am Deputies responded to the 3100 block of Lakeview Dr NW Salem on a welfare check. It was reported that neither 59 year old Rick or 57 year old Suzanne Jackels had reported to work in the past two days, which was unusual for both of them.

During the investigation it was discovered that both subjects were deceased inside their home. The Polk County Medical Examiner and Polk County District Attorney Aaron Felton responded to the scene, along with detectives from Sheriff's Office. There are no outstanding suspects in this case and the investigation is outgoing. Autopsies are schedule for Wednesday in Portland.