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UPDATE: Phillip Nelson Sentenced to Life in Prison for 2020 Double Homicide - 05/24/24

Today, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Eric Dahlin sentenced Phillip Lawrence Nelson, 42, to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 35 years for the 2020 fatal stabbings of Najaf “Nate” Hobbs and Cassy Leaton. The sentence follows an April 26th verdict where a jury found Nelson guilty of one count of Murder in the Second Degree (victim Cassy Leaton) and one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree (victim Najaf Hobbs). Judge Dahlin imposed a life sentence with the possibility of parole after 25 years for the murder of Ms. Leaton and a consecutive 10-year sentence for the murder of Mr. Hobbs, meaning Nelson will be eligible for consideration of parole after 35 years. 

MCDA recognizes the families of both of the victims and hopes that today’s sentencing allows for some closure and for the healing process to continue. MCDA would also like to thank the PPB officers and detectives who worked this case, in particular Detective Rico Beniga. 

Nelson is currently in custody in Multnomah County and will be transported to the Oregon Department of Corrections to serve his sentence.

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*Original Message (4/29/2024)*
 

Jury Finds Phillip Nelson Guilty of 2020 Double Homicide

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a Multnomah County jury delivered a guilty verdict for Phillip Lawrence Nelson, 42, for the 2020 fatal stabbing of two people in Northeast Portland.  

Incident

On June 16, 2020, at 3:44 p.m., Portland Police officers responded to a report of a stabbing in the 1400 block of Northeast Davis Street. Officers arrived and located two victims – Najaf “Nate” Hobbs, who died at the scene, and Cassy Leaton, who later died at the hospital. The suspect – later identified as Phillip Lawrence Nelson – had fled the scene before officers arrived.

On June 18, 2020, PPB located and arrested Nelson. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center, where he has been held ever since. 

Trial & Verdict

The trial took place in front of Judge Eric Dahlin from April 8-26, with Deputy District Attorney Rachna Hajari and Senior Deputy District Attorney Amanda Nadell as prosecutors. The 12-person jury delivered the verdict on April 26, finding Nelson guilty of:

  • One count of Murder in the Second Degree (victim Cassy Leaton)
  • One count of Manslaughter in the First Degree (victim Najaf Hobbs) 

Sentencing is scheduled for May 24 at 9 a.m. in front of Judge Dahlin. 

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office thanks the Portland Police Bureau for their assistance with this case.

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Jesse Calhoun Indicted on Murder Charges for the Deaths of Three Women - 05/17/24

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a grand jury has indicted Jesse Lee Calhoun, 39, on murder charges for the deaths of Charity Lynn Perry, 24, Bridget Leanne Webster, 31, and Joanna Speaks, 32. All three women were found deceased under suspicious circumstances in 2023. 

Through an investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies, investigators identified Jesse Calhoun as a suspect. Multnomah County prosecutors presented the case to a grand jury, which returned a true bill of indictment on May 16, 2024, for the following charges:

  • Three counts of Murder in the Second Degree
  • Three counts of Abuse of a Corpse in the Second Degree

Following the indictment, members of the DA’s Office and the investigation team notified the families of the charges.

MCDA recognizes the profound effect these women’s deaths have had on their families, friends, and the community. MCDA is committed to ensuring justice for the victims and their families. 

Anyone with information about the deaths of any of these victims and/or information about Jesse Calhoun should contact Portland Police Bureau Detective Jeff Pontius at Jeffery.pontius@police.portlandoregon.gov and/or Detective Stephen Gandy at Stephen.gandy@police.portlandoregon.gov.

MCDA would like to thank the following agencies for their collaboration on these investigations: Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Gresham Police Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office, Polk County District Attorney’s Office, Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office, Oregon State Police Medical Examiner’s Office, Oregon State Police Crime Laboratory, Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Calhoun remains in custody at Snake River Correctional Institution at this time and is expected to be transferred to the custody of Multnomah County for arraignment on the indicted charges.

A charging instrument is only an accusation of a crime. Calhoun is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Prosecutors Issuing Charges for Unlawful Delivery of Drugs Under New Provisions of HB 4002 - 05/16/24

On April 1, 2024, a provision of HB 4002 became effective that restored crucial tools to hold drug dealers accountable. Prosecutors at MCDA have moved forward with pressing charges under the new law. DA Mike Schmidt advocated for the law changes that legislators ultimately adopted. 

In 2021, the Court of Appeals decision in State v. Hubbell, 314 Or App 844, overturned on technical grounds a long-standing statewide practice whereby a prosecutor could charge a defendant with delivery when they were found in possession of a significant quantity of a controlled substance along with evidence of the intent to distribute, even if they had not yet identified a buyer. This change meant that law enforcement could often no longer prove a delivery unless they caught the defendant in the actual act of distributing the drug. Individuals caught with large quantities of drugs were therefore often only charged with simple possession, and the number of drug distribution cases dropped both in Multnomah County and statewide as a result.  

With the restoration of these provisions via HB 4002, prosecutors in Multnomah County have resumed charging these cases.

DA Mike Schmidt said: “I am pleased that lawmakers share my concern that the dealers of deadly substances like fentanyl need to be held fully accountable under the law. The restoration of constructive delivery is making it easier for my office to prosecute the dealers that are driving addiction on the streets of Portland and throughout Oregon.” 

In April, approximately 25% of new prosecutions involving delivery of a controlled substance were charged under the new provisions of HB 4002.

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Multnomah County District Attorney's Office to Launch New Domestic Violence Survivor-Centered Diversion Program - 05/15/24

Media availability scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m.

District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced today that the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office (MCDA) is launching a new domestic violence survivor-centered diversion program. The objective is to provide community-based services in lieu of traditional prosecution for criminalized survivors to address underlying trauma. The program is being modeled after a similar program between the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the YWCA of Seattle King County. 

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA) selected MCDA last year as one of two sites to receive technical assistance in establishing the diversion program – in partnership with Bradley Angle – for criminalized survivors of gender-based violence.

DA Mike Schmidt said: “Addressing domestic violence is a top priority for me and my office, and we are pleased with the collaboration and support we’ve received as we move from the planning phase to implementation. The guidance from APA and King County will be invaluable in adopting best practices into our local program.”   

Bri Condon, Executive Director of Bradley Angle, said: “It is critical for long-standing social service agencies such as ours to use our grassroots power to block further injustices from occurring. A common tactic by abusers is to use the criminal legal system against those they have harmed. With this partner project we are dedicated to blocking that tactic and moving survivors of domestic violence – particularly BIPOC survivors – to safety from the inside.”

David LaBahn, President of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, said: “APA is extremely pleased to support the development of a survivor-centered diversion program in Multnomah County. The dedication of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office and Bradley Angle has been impressive. We will take the lessons learned from this pilot program and provide information nationally so that jurisdictions across the country can also provide alternative pathways to address trauma and provide support by connecting survivors with culturally relevant community providers and services.”

Funded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, the APA has partnered with Bowie State University to work with MCDA to collect data and measure program outcomes.

Media Availability

MCDA will be hosting a virtual media availability with partner agencies to discuss the program on Thursday, May 16 at 10 a.m. Members of the media must RSVP to media@mcda.us by 8 a.m. May 16 in order to attend. 

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Zachary Hackman Sentenced to 19 Years in Prison for 2022 Homicide - 05/14/24

Zachary Hackman Sentenced to 19 Years in Prison for 2022 Homicide 

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge sentenced Zachary Tyler Hackman, 24, to 19 years in prison for the 2022 killing of James Orlando Harris. Mr. Harris was the father of Hackman’s girlfriend. 

Incident

On October 9, 2022, at 6:31 p.m., Portland Police officers were dispatched to a suspicious circumstances call in the 0-100 Block of Northeast Marine Drive. Officers arrived to find a person deceased. The Medical Examiner's Office determined that the victim, identified as 54-year-old James Orlando Harris, died of homicidal violence. 

On October 23, 2022, Zachary Hackman was arrested and charged in connection with the murder. He was lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center, where he has remained since. 

Plea & Sentencing

Senior Deputy District Attorney Kevin Demer and Deputy District Attorney Alex Hargrove represented the state in this case, which resulted in a negotiated plea agreement with the defendant and his counsel. Judge Jenna Plank accepted the plea on May 13, 2024, and sentenced Hackman as follows:

  • 204 months for one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree
  • 24 months consecutive for one count of Abuse of a Corpse in the Second Degree

Additionally, Hackman will serve three years of post-prison supervision. He is currently in custody in Multnomah County and will be transported to the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections to serve his sentence.

The DA’s Office wishes to thank the Portland Police Bureau officers and detectives who assisted with this case, as well as the victim advocate who supported Mr. Harris’ family.

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DA Mike Schmidt releases weekly cases impacted by public defense crisis - 05/03/24

May 3, 2024

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt released a list of cases impacted by the public defense crisis. The list includes felony cases dismissed by the JC3 court as a result of the crisis. 

In November, DA Mike Schmidt called the public defense crisis– defined by a lack of public defenders to provide counsel to defendants– an urgent threat to public safety. Individuals charged with a crime have a constitutional right to defense counsel. Victims have a right to justice. Absent counsel, criminal prosecutions cannot lawfully move forward, and throughout the counsel shortage, cases issued by the office have been routinely dismissed over prosecutors’ objections.

DA Schmidt also declared that MCDA would publish cases dismissed due to the crisis each week to increase transparency and advance the public’s understanding of the scope of the crisis. Here is an updated breakdown of the types of felonies getting dismissed.

There were 27 cases dismissed by the court as a result of the public defense crisis between 4/19/24 and 5/2/24:

23-CR-52206

23-CR-56853

20-CR-18652

20-CR-244696

23-CR-16991

20-CR-62327

22-CR-59518

23-CR-60257

22-CR-59518

22-CR-33985

23-CR-27552

23-CR-61615

23-CR-56309

20-CR-70179

23-CR-52682

23-CR-61704

23-CR-61679

23-CR-61143

23-CR-61150

23-CR-60924

23-CR-59664

23-CR-29507

22-CR-29115

19-CR-82321

23-CR-33076

22-CR-35275

21-CR-13114

   

 

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Grand Jury Returns Not True Bill in 2023 Fatal Shooting by Portland Police Officers - 05/03/24

A Multnomah County grand jury has returned a not true bill for the fatal shooting of Tyrone Lee Johnson II, 33, on December 27, 2023. Upon the conclusion of the presentation of evidence, the grand jury returned the not true bill on May 1, finding the use of force by Portland Police Officers John Bartlett, Adi Ramic, and Brian Wheeler that resulted in Johnson’s death was not criminal under Oregon law. 

Previously released information regarding this incident can be found here

Pursuant to ORS 132.270, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office will file a motion and request that the court authorize the release of a grand jury transcript for public review. If the Court grants the motion, MCDA will post the transcript on its website.

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UPDATE: Keenan Harpole Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison for 2022 Domestic Violence Homicide - 05/02/24

Update: Keenan Harpole Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison for 2022 Domestic Violence Homicide

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge sentenced Keenan Reece Harpole, 22, to 23 years in prison for the 2022 fatal shooting of his girlfriend, Portland State University student Amara Marluke.

Incident

On Monday, April 4, 2022, at 1:00 a.m., Portland Police officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting near Southwest College Street and Southwest 6th Avenue near PSU. When officers arrived they located an adult female who was deceased; she was later identified as Amara Marluke, 19. The Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and determined Marluke died from gunshot wounds and ruled her death a homicide.

Through a law enforcement investigation, the suspect was identified as Keenan Harpole – Marluke’s boyfriend and a fellow PSU student. Police located Harpole in Bend, and members of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office arrested and transported him back to Portland, where he was released to Portland Police Bureau Homicide Detectives. He was lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Plea & Sentencing

Deputy District Attorney Devin Franklin represented the state in this case, which resulted in a negotiated plea agreement with the defendant and his counsel. Judge Christopher Marshall accepted the plea and sentenced Harpole on April 15, 2024 as follows:

  • 240 months for one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree with a Firearm - Constituting Domestic Violence
  • 36 months consecutive for one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon - Constituting Domestic Violence

Additionally, Harpole will serve two years of post-prison supervision. He is currently in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections where he is serving his sentence.

The DA’s Office wishes to thank the Portland Police Bureau officers and detectives who assisted with this case, as well as the victim advocate who supported Ms. Marluke’s family. It is hoped that the resolution of this case will allow Ms. Marluke’s family and friends to move forward in the grieving process and find some peace. 

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*Original Message (4/14/2022)* 

DA Mike Schmidt announces arraignment of suspect in fatal shooting of 19-year-old woman

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that Keenan Harpole, 20, has been arraigned on two charges including Murder in the Second Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Both charges are designated as constituting domestic violence. 

The charges stem from a fatal shooting that took place on April 4, 2022, near Southwest College Street and Southwest 6th Avenue. The victim was 19-year old Amara Marluke. Later that day, Harpole was arrested in Bend, Oregon after agreeing to turn himself in to authorities. Harpole is currently in custody at the Multnomah County Jail without bail. No additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office at this time. 

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Harpole is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Multnomah County DA Mike Schmidt Statement Condemning Acts of Destruction Occurring at Demonstrations - 05/01/24

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt released the following statement today:

“The destruction occurring at demonstrations tonight is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Damaging property, making threats, and perpetrating violence are not acceptable, meaningful, or productive ways to make a point. These are destructive behaviors that harm community members and local businesses. 

“My office stands ready to prosecute cases related to these activities after reviewing evidence gathered and provided to us by law enforcement.”

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Jury Finds Quentin Blackmon Guilty of 2020 Homicide in the Sumner Neighborhood - 05/01/24

CORRECTION: There was an incorrect name listed in the original release, which has now been updated in red. MCDA regrets the error.


Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a Multnomah County jury delivered a guilty verdict for Quentin Blackmon, 43, for the 2020 fatal shooting of Thomas Hammond, 66, in northeast Portland. 

Incident

On August 20, 2020 at approximately 4:04 p.m., Portland Police officers responded to the 4300 block of Northeast 90th Avenue on reports of a shooting. When officers arrived on scene, they found evidence of gunfire and a victim, later identified as Thomas Hammond. The investigation revealed that Blackmon used a firearm to carjack Hammond and that in the course of the robbery, Blackmon shot and killed Hammond. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined the cause of Hammond's death was a gunshot wound and the manner of death a homicide. 

Officers arrested Blackmon on October 2, 2020. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center where he has been held ever since. He pled not guilty in this case.

Trial & Verdict

The trial took place in front of Judge Kelly Skye from April 15-30, with Senior Deputy District Attorney JR Ujifusa and Deputy District Attorney Chris Shull as prosecutors. The 12-person jury delivered the verdict on April 30, finding Blackmon guilty of:

  • One count of Manslaughter in the First Degree
  • One count of Robbery in the First Degree
  • One count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Firearm)
  • One count of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle

In a bifurcated court trial on May 1, the court also found Blackmon guilty of one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 23 at 1 p.m. in front of Judge Skye. 

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office thanks Det. Ryan Foote and the Portland Police Bureau for their assistance with this case.

Pending Murder Case

Blackmon has a separate case pending for the murder of Michael Epps. That case is also being prosecuted by Senior Deputy District Attorney JR Ujifusa and Deputy District Attorney Chris Shull, and is scheduled for trial in September 2024.

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Donna Morriss
Donna Morriss
Suspect in Numerous Identity Thefts and Forgeries Arrested; DA's Office Seeking Additional Victims (Photo) - 04/29/24

A suspect in various identity thefts and forgeries over the course of the past few years has been arrested, and the DA’s office is asking other victims to come forward. 

Donna Marie Morriss, 47, has been indicted on four separate cases by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office (MCDA) totaling 46 charges, including 15 counts of Aggravated Identity Theft, nine counts of Felony Computer Crime, eight counts of Forgery in the First Degree, four counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, and four counts of Theft in the First Degree. She was arrested by Portland Police on an outstanding warrant on April 3, 2024, and is currently in custody at the Multnomah County Detention Center.

The four indicted cases involved key information provided to MCDA by Multnomah County Adult Protective Services, which investigates allegations of abuse, self-neglect, and financial exploitation of seniors and people with disabilities. A number of the indicted charges are supported by allegations that the victims were vulnerable. Victims who are vulnerable include the elderly and disabled adults. 

Investigators believe there may be additional victims. As further investigation is underway, investigators encourage anyone who believes they may have been a victim of Morriss’ to email damailbox@mcda.us, using the subject line Donna Morriss. 

MCDA thanks the many partners who are assisting with these cases, including the Portland Police Bureau, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, Multnomah County Adult Protective Services, Rivermark Community Credit Union, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. 

Morriss is only accused of committing a crime. She is innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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Attached Media Files: Donna Morriss
Jury Finds Phillip Nelson Guilty of 2020 Double Homicide - 04/29/24

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a Multnomah County jury delivered a guilty verdict for Phillip Lawrence Nelson, 42, for the 2020 fatal stabbing of two people in Northeast Portland.  

Incident

On June 16, 2020, at 3:44 p.m., Portland Police officers responded to a report of a stabbing in the 1400 block of Northeast Davis Street. Officers arrived and located two victims – Najaf “Nate” Hobbs, who died at the scene, and Cassy Leaton, who later died at the hospital. The suspect – later identified as Phillip Lawrence Nelson – had fled the scene before officers arrived.

On June 18, 2020, PPB located and arrested Nelson. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center, where he has been held ever since. 

Trial & Verdict

The trial took place in front of Judge Eric Dahlin from April 8-26, with Deputy District Attorney Rachna Hajari and Senior Deputy District Attorney Amanda Nadell as prosecutors. The 12-person jury delivered the verdict on April 26, finding Nelson guilty of:

  • One count of Murder in the Second Degree (victim Cassy Leaton)
  • One count of Manslaughter in the First Degree (victim Najaf Hobbs) 

Sentencing is scheduled for May 24 at 9 a.m. in front of Judge Dahlin. 

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office thanks the Portland Police Bureau for their assistance with this case.

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UPDATE: Christopher Lovrien Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder - 04/29/24

On Friday, April 26, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Ramras sentenced Christopher Lovrien, 56, to life in prison after 26 years served. Friday’s sentencing follows an April 15th verdict where a jury found Lovrien guilty of the 2020 murder of Kenneth Griffin. 

The trial took place in front of Judge Christopher Ramras from April 8-15, with Chief Deputy District Attorney Kirsten Snowden and Deputy District Attorney Maggie Burgess as prosecutors. Deputy District Attorney Mackenzie Ludwig also provided assistance. The 12-person jury delivered the verdict on April 15, finding Lovrien guilty of one count of Murder in the Second Degree and one count of Abuse of a Corpse in the First Degree.

At the time Lovrien was indicted for the murder of Griffin, he was also indicted for the murder of Mark Dribin – a 1999 cold case that was solved using genetic genealogy. That case resolved through a negotiated plea agreement, and Lovrien was sentenced on January 12, 2024, to 20 years in prison for one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree. 

Judge Ramras ordered that the sentences for the murder and abuse of a corpse of Griffin run consecutively to the manslaughter conviction for killing Dribin. As a result, Lovrien will not be eligible to apply for parole until he has served 46 years in prison.

The DA’s Office thanks Victim Advocate Cecilia Delao for her hard work with the families of both victims, as well as Portland Police Bureau Detectives Brendan McGuire and Scott Broughton and MCDA Investigators Robbie Thompson and Anthony Merrill for their assistance with this case and helping bring justice to the families of Mr. Griffin and Mr. Dribin. Friday’s resolution is the result of strong collaboration and tenacity, and it is hoped that the families can now find some peace.

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*Original Message (3/10/2021)*

Christopher Lovrien charged with two homicides, other murder victims suspected

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that the grand jury indicted 53-year-old Christopher Lovrien with the homicides of Mark Dribin and Kenneth Griffin.

Arraignment in this case is expected to be held March 11, 2021 at approximately 9:30 a.m. PT in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

These alleged murders are being investigated by the Portland Police Bureau’s Cold Case Homicide Detail, the Portland Police Bureau’s Homicide Detail and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.

Both the Portland Police Bureau and Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office are asking for the public’s help to determine whether there are any additional homicide victims, attempted homicide victims or community members with information about these cases.

Lovrien is charged with two counts of murder in the second degree, one count of abuse of a corpse in the first degree and six counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Law enforcement believes both killings to be stranger-related as there is no known connection between Lovrien, Dribin or Griffin.

Investigators have reason to believe that there may be additional homicide victims based on evidence found at the residence of Lovrien.

Based on known information, the Portland Police Bureau’s Cold Case Homicide Detail would like to speak with anyone with information about missing persons who may have been living under the Interstate 205 bridge in Southeast Portland between summer 2019 and May 2020 and had contact with Lovrien or anyone with any additional information regarding the charged offenses. 

“I want to acknowledge and thank the detectives of the Portland Police Bureau and the forensic scientists at the Oregon State Police for refusing to give up on cold case homicides. Time will never stand in the way of justice. The families and friends of those murdered never forget – and neither will we,” said District Attorney Mike Schmidt.   

The following timeline is being provided as part of the ongoing criminal investigation and to help generate tips from the public.

DateEvent
July 01, 1999Mark Dribin is last seen alive.
July 6, 1999Mark Dribin is reported missing to the Portland Police Bureau.
July 18, 1999Mark Dribin’s vehicle is located in Southeast Portland.
Summer of 1999An unknown suspect’s DNA is recovered from Mark Dribin’s house and vehicle.
August 11, 2000The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office issues a presumptive death certificate for Mark Dribin. The criminal homicide investigation goes cold.
March of 2019The homicide investigation of Mark Dribin was reopened by the Portland Police Bureau's Cold Case Homicide Detail and DNA evidence of the unknown suspect profile was submitted for a forensic genealogy investigation.
September of 2019Christopher Lovrien is identified as a potential suspect based on the forensic genealogy investigation.
November 18, 2019Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide detectives interview Christopher Lovrien regarding the death of Mark Dribin.
February 01, 2020Kenneth Griffin is last seen alive.
February 2, 2020Kenneth Griffin is reported missing.
April 16, 2020The Portland Police Bureau executes a court-authorized search warrant for a sample of Christopher Lovrien’s DNA.
April 30, 2020The Multnomah County grand jury indicts Christopher Lovrien for the murder of Mark Dribin. An arrest warrant is issued.
May 04, 2020Christopher Lovrien is arrested for the murder of Mark Dribin.
May 06, 2020The Portland Police Bureau’s Detective Division conducts a search of Christopher Lovrien’s house in Southeast Portland.
May 19, 2020The Portland Police Bureau’s Detective Division conducts a search of Christopher Lovrien’s shed and locate Kenneth Griffin’s dismembered remains inside.
May 21, 2020Kenneth Griffin’s cause of death ruled a homicide by the medical examiner.
March 10, 2021Christopher Lovrien re-indicted in Multnomah County Circuit Court for the alleged murder and abuse of a corpse of Kenneth Griffin.

When law enforcement executed its search warrant at Lovrein’s residence on May 06, 2020, they found six firearms, including two .9mm caliber pistols, a .40 caliber pistol, a .357 caliber revolver and two .223 caliber rifles.  

The families of Kenneth Griffin and Mark Dribin are requesting privacy and do not want media contact. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office is asking media refrain from contacting either family.

No additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office at this time.

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Lovrien is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Anyone with information regarding these investigations should contact Portland Police Detective Brendan McGuire at (503) 823-0869 or Brendan.McGuire@portlandoregon.gov or PPB Detective Scott Broughton at (503) 823-3774 or Scott.Broughton@portlandoregon.gov.

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