Murder discovered along Springwater Trail
- Eric Norberg
- The Bee - News
Victim was a transient
On Friday morning, October 20th, Clackamas County Sheriffs Office homicide investigators responded to the report of a body discovered submerged in Johnson Creek, along the Springwater Corridor Trail just north of the intersection of Johnson Creek Boulevard and Bell Avenue, east of S.E. Flavel Drive, in Clackamas County.
The murder victim was identified as Andrew William Corpe. Born in August of 1962, Corpe is considered a transient with no established place of residence, and was described by officers as being 'well acquainted with local law enforcement'. He had previously been arrested 24 times in the State of Oregon, with charges including controlled substance offenses, assaulting a public safety officer, driving under the influence, assault 4, burglary, theft, and failures to appear. Corpe had an additional arrest history in the State of Colorado, for crimes identified as burglary, assault, and menacing.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit investigators are reported actively pursuing this investigation, and has announced the availability of a reward of up to $1,000 for critical information concerning the murder investigation. Anyone with information concerning this murder investigation is requested to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 503/723-4949.
The corridor is a popular commuting and exercise trail, and only the day before the body was discovered in the creek had been opened between Sellwood and Ardenwald on the new 'Three Bridges' across Johnson Creek in Sellwood, McLoughlin Boulevard, and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks in Ardenwald, between Tacoma and Ochoco Streets.