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Gresham police identify suspect in woman's murder

Search on for victim's nephew, also bank robbery suspect

Gresham police detectives and the East County Major Crimes Team are attempting to locate Teddy Stivahtis Jr., 36, now considered a suspect in the Oct. 10 stabbing murder of Deanna Stivahtis.

Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED: GRESHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT - Teddy Stivahtis Jr.Stivahtis Jr., who is Deanna Stivahtis' nephew, was seen driving her van away from her residence before her body was discovered. He has hazel eyes and short brown hair. He is approximately 5-feet-9-inches tall and 165 pounds.

The homicide investigation is ongoing.

Gresham police also allege that on Oct. 13, Stivahtis Jr. used a demand note to rob a Chase Bank branch at the Fred Meyer store at 1401 S.E. First Ave. in Canby and fled, possibly on foot, with an undisclosed amount of cash. The Canby Police Department contacted Gresham detectives with the information and is working with the East County Major Crimes Team and the FBI to apprehend Stivahtis Jr. 

Police warn that Stivahtis Jr. should be considered armed and dangerous, and ask the public to call 9-1-1 immediately if he is seen. 

Deanna Stivahtis' 1989 dark green Dodge Caravan, with extensive damage on the passenger side, is still missing. If the vehicle is seen, police say to call 9-1-1 immediately and not attempt to contact the occupants. If anybody has information regarding a possible location of Stivahtis Jr. or the vehicle, they are asked to call the Gresham Police Tip Line at 503-618-2719. Messages can be left anonymously.

According to the Gresham Police Department, at 12:21 p.m. Oct. 11, officers were called to a residence at the Bell Acre Mobile Home Park in the 2900 block of Northeast Division Street after relatives of Deanna Stivahtis had come to check on her at her home. Officers and emergency medical personnel determined she was deceased.

Detectives and the medical examiner were called out because of the suspicious nature of the death, and they determined it was a homicide. The Major Crimes Team was activated and continues to investigate this case. The team is composed of detectives from Gresham Police, Troutdale Police, Fairview Police, Oregon State Police and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office as well as the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Stivahtis Jr., who faces one federal count of bank robbery.

According to the complaint, Stivahtis Jr. walked into the bank branch on Oct. 13 at about 2:22 p.m. He approached the teller desk, demanded cash, received an undisclosed amount of money and left. It is unknown what kind of vehicle, if any, he used to leave the scene. No weapon was seen during the course of the robbery.