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Girl's death sparks search for answers


As the Fairview Police Department and East Multnomah County Major Crimes Team continue to investigate the suspicious death of a 10-year-old Fairview girl, family, friends, neighbors, school officials and community members are planning ways to honor Miranda Crockett’s memory.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Miranda Crockett

The fifth-grader’s body was discovered by authorities at 6:50 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Kings Garden Apartments in the 2700 block of Northeast 205th Avenue in Fairview where Miranda lived with her father, his live-in girlfriend and the girlfriend’s three children.

Chandra Ilene Rose, 34, the woman accused of killing Miranda Crockett and the live-in girlfriend of Miranda’s father, was arraigned Tuesday on seven charges, including criminal mistreatment and coercion after her arrest early Monday morning.

by: OREGONIAN POOL PHOTO: BRUCE ELY - Chandra Rose, the girlfriend of Miranda Crockett's father, appeared Tuesday afternoon in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Rose was issued a court-appointed attorney and will appear in court at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5.

The Multnomah County Medical Examiner has conducted an autopsy but has not determined a cause of death. After Rose’s arrest, the three other children in the home were taken into protective custody.

While Reynolds Education is accepting memorial donations for a peace pole at Salish Ponds Elementary School, where the girl attended second through fourth grade, in Miranda’s memory, neighbors are planning a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the south end of Northeast 205th Avenue.

Family and friends set up an online account to pay for Crockett’s funeral expenses, which the family cannot afford, a relative said.

Joe Leek, a neighbor, recalls how kind Miranda was to his 10-year-old son, Joey, as they chatted by the bus stop and the “puppy love” she expressed for the boy.

“I think Joey is cute,” Miranda told Joe, before offering Joey a hug and kiss on the cheek.

“She was all smiles — an outgoing, nice little girl.”

Relatives say Miranda dreamed of becoming a rock star, so her grandfather video taped her singing the songs of her favorite musicians, like Carley Rae Jepsen and Justin Bieber.

Her grandmother remembers going to the library to read children’s books and feeding the geese with her granddaughter.

Leek said he’d always seen Miranda playing around the complex, but thought she’d moved away this fall until he saw her father Dan.

While he said he hoped the vigil, organized by Tracy Meyer, a neighbor who babysat Miranda, would offer some comfort and a way to grieve, Leek said the suspicious death left many lingering questions among neighbors and friends.

“It’s so sad to hear something like this is going on so close to so many people,” Leek said. “Why?”

After spending the summer with her maternal grandmother and step-grandfather in New Mexico, Miranda returned to Fairview this fall, where her father’s girlfriend and her three children had moved in during the summer. She had been home-schooled beginning this fall.

Miranda’s father, Dan Crockett, was granted sole custody of his daughter shortly after she was born, relatives said.

Contributions to a funeral service may be made to indiegogo.com/mirandacrockett.