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Man arrested after woman's body found in river

UPDATE: Nicholas Estrada arraigned in suspicious death at Kelley Point Park

Nicholas Ross EstradaA 22-year-old man was arraigned Friday in connection with the suspicious death of a woman whose body was found Wednesday in the Willamette River near Kelley Point Park.

Homicide detectives arrested on Thursday, Feb. 19, Nicholas Ross Estrada, the woman's boyfriend who apparently was with her in the park when she went missing.

On Friday, police said the victim was 22-year-old Elyesicia Chevonna Payton.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner said Payton died from blunt force trauma and drowning.

Portland police said officers talked to Estrada at about 3:39 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, in Kelley Point Park, where he said his girlfriend had been missing overnight while they camped in the park on the bank of the Willamette River.

Officers did not find the missing woman, but called homicide detectives because of what they said were suspicious circumstances. On Thursday morning, Feb. 19, Multnomah County sheriff's divers found the woman's body in the river.