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Neighbor of homicide victim sought

Washington County Sheriff's Office looking for Robert Hardison, 50


by: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Robert HardisonThe Washington County Sheriff's Office is looking for the neighbor of a woman who was killed in a house on Pumpkin Ridge Road on Dec. 12.

Robert Hardison, 50, lived in a mobile home on the property at 24080 N.W. Pumpkin Ridge Rd. Sheriff's deputies want to question him in the death of Theresa Fronsman, 50.

According to the sheriff's office, on Dec. 12, Fronsman's 51-year-old husband James placed an emergency call to report that he found his wife deceased in their home when he returned from an outing. Sheriff's deputies responded to the home, which is in a rural area in northern Washington County north of the city of North Plains.

When the deputies arrived, they found there were many suspicious circumstances involved in the incident. The cause of death was not immediately identified. Detectives from the Washington County Violent Crimes Unit arrived to assist in the investigation.

The detectives subsequently interviewed many people and the Washington County Forensics Unit processed a large amount of evidence. A search warrant was served at the residence on

Dec. 13. The next day, the Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be homicidal violence. The exact cause of death is being withheld, however.

Detectives are looking for Hardison because they believe he may have information critical to this investigation. He has not been seen or

heard from since the afternoon of December 12.

According to the sheriff's office, this is not considered to be a random crime and investigators do not believe the person

who committed the homicide to be a danger to the public.

Detectives are asking that anyone that has information about Hardison's whereabouts or that may have seen anything out of the ordinary or suspicious to call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 846-2500.



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