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Arrest Made in Forest Grove Homicide - 04/19/18

On April 19, 2018 Forest Grove Detectives with the assistance of the Washington County Major Crimes Team, Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team, Oregon State Police, and the Hillsboro Police Department executed a search warrant in the 100 Block of SE 26th Avenue, in Hillsboro.

Subsequent to the search warrant service, detectives arrested Kamen Richard Baer, age 38, for the murder of Cynthia Lou Belton. Baer, a transient, was lodged at the Washington County Jail.

No further information will be released as this is still an open police investigation.

Recovered Disney Merchandise
Recovered Disney Merchandise
Forest Grove Police Recover Large Amount of Stolen Disney Merchandise (Photo) - 04/17/18

On February 14th, 2018 Forest Grove Police received a report that unknown persons had ordered Disney Merchandise worth approximately $35,000 from an online vendor.The transaction was discovered to be fraudulent.

On March 16th, 2018 Forest Grove Police Detectives executed a search warrant in the 1700 block of Covey Run Drive in Forest Grove. Detectives contacted Ryan and Ashley Trapp who reside there with their ten children. Detectives recovered a large amount of Disney merchandise ranging from electronics, clothing, toys, furniture, luggage and even a toaster. Some of the property was found in boxes while other merchandise was being used.

In the days following the search warrant, seized items were inventoried and approximately one third of the stolen property was recovered.

No arrest has been made in this case as it is open and is actively being investigated. The Forest Police Department is seeking the public's help in our attempts to recover the remaining stolen merchandise. If anyone has any information they are encouraged to contact the Forest Grove Police Department at 503-629-0111. 

Attached Media Files: Recovered Disney Merchandise
Forest Grove Police Department Investigating Suspicious Death as a Homicide - 04/11/18

On March 19, 2018, at approximately 4:15pm, Forest Grove Police Officers responded to The College Place Apartments, in Forest Grove, to conduct a welfare check on a tenant.  Upon arrival, officers found 54-year-old Cynthia Lou Belton, deceased, inside her apartment.  Detectives from the Forest Grove Police Department, and a Deputy Medical Examiner responded and determined the death was suspicious.  The Washington County Major Crimes Team and the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory were asked to assist with the investigation.

Law enforcement investigators have been following up on all investigative leads and analyzing all available evidence, and consider the death of Cynthia Lou Belton to be the result of homicidal violence.  Because this is an ongoing investigation, no additional details will be provided at this time.

The Forest Grove Police Department, and the Washington County Major Crimes Team, is asking for the public’s assistance.  Anyone with information regarding Cynthia Lou Belton, or her death, is asked to contact the Forest Grove Police Department at 503.992.3260 or 503.629.0111.