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Mother, girl with special ties to Peter Yarrow are found dead

Famed Peter, Paul and Mary musician had a special relationship with young girl
by: Vern Uyetake, Rebecca Recht, left, and her mother, Laurie Recht.

A day following a Neighbors story in the Lake Oswego Review and West Linn Tidings on Rebecca Recht, a Park Academy student with cerebral palsy, authorities say both the girl and her mother died in their Vancouver, Wash., home.

According to Clark County, Wash., Sheriff's deputies, the bodies of Recht, 14, and her mother, Laurie, were discovered Friday inside their Vancouver home. The bodies reportedly were found Friday morning when a friend visited their home.

Preliminary reports from the sheriff's office suggest mother and daughter died of apparent prescription drug overdoses. Authorities Friday evening hadn't yet determined if the deaths were a double suicide or possibly a murder-suicide.

The two newspapers Thursday ran a feature story about a visit to the Marylhurst school by Peter Yarrow, famed musician with the group Peter, Paul and Mary. Yarrow performed a concert at the school after being invited there as part of his ongoing friendship with Rebecca Recht. The school for the dyslexic and disabled is located at Marylhurst between Lake Oswego and West Linn.

"He is my very, very, very, best friend in the whole world," Rebecca said Monday. "I love him and he loves me."

Yarrow and the girl met about three years ago when he played a benefit concert to help move Rebecca from public school to Park Academy.

While viewing Monday's concert, Laurie Recht said of Yarrow: "He is the best medicine for Rebecca."

Yarrow called the girl "Rivka" and reportedly e-mailed her almost daily from his home in New York City.

Efforts to contact Yarrow Friday night were unsuccessful.

On Monday, he said of Rebecca: "She is one of the most insightful and courageous people I've ever met. She's an activist. If I were to march with Martin Luther King Jr. again, I know she'd be right there leading and helping."

An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the exact cause of death for the mother and daughter.