Police make arrest in 2016 Gresham stabbing murder
Gresham Police Department detectives made an arrest related to a 2016 stabbing murder of a 36-year-old woman in what remains the only unsolved case from last year.
Detectives arrested Angela Rose McCraw-Hester Wednesday, Oct. 4, in Pocatello, Idaho, for the murder of Gresham resident Annastasia Hester. McCraw-Hester is the current spouse of Annastasia's ex-husband, Matthew Hester.
McCraw-Hester was taken into custody as detectives executed a search warrant at her home in the 2000 block of Monte Vista Drive in Pocatello. She is being held at the Bannock County Jail on a murder warrant out of Multnomah County and awaiting extradition to Oregon.
The murder occurred in the early hours of June 10, 2016. Police and medical personnel responded to the 100 block of Southwest Eastman Parkway after Annastasia called 911 to say she had been attacked. She had suffered multiple stab wounds and transported to a local hospital where she later died.
Gresham detectives had continued working on the case to try and find the suspect. More than 30 people were interviewed, they collected what they called "mounds" of physical and forensic evidence, and a reward was offered to help generate new tips.
"Since the beginning of this investigation, detectives with the East County Major Crimes Team have worked tirelessly to identify Annastasia's killer," said Gresham detective Aaron Turnage. "From processing evidence to following clues that ultimately led us to Idaho, we're thankful to reach this point and hope Annastasia's family can experience some closure."
He credited the following agencies with helping the investigation along: Pocatello Police Department, U.S. Marshals' Fugitive Task Force, Oregon State Police, Oregon Department of Justice, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, and the Bannock County District Attorney's Office.
"Combing through mounds of evidence takes time and a lot of help from people dedicated to bringing justice and closure to a horrific event," he said.
Detectives will remain in Idaho while they complete the investigation.