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Death of Cedar Mill woman likely homicide, officials say

No new details released in investigation of 71-year-old woman's death


The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the death of a 71-year-old Cedar Mill woman who appears to be a homicide victim.

Deputies received a call at 8:21 a.m. on Saturday from a concerned citizen who was checking up on Jacqueline Bell, who lives in the 10200 block of Northwest Lee Street in unincorporated Washington County, according to Sgt. Bob Ray, a sheriff’s office spokesman.

When deputies arrived at Bell’s home, they observed suspicious circumstances before entering the house where Bell was discovered, dead from what appeared to be “homicidal violence,” said Ray.

The Washington County Major Crimes Team, aided by the Washington County Forensics Science Unit and an Oregon State Police forensics team, are conducting the investigation.

Investigators believe Bell knew those responsible for her death, said Ray. As of Sunday afternoon, more than one person was in custody. No one has been charged with a crime, and there are no outstanding suspects at large, said Ray.

“The Washington County Major Crimes Team is continuing to use every resource available to complete this investigation as quickly as possible without compromise,” Ray said.




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