Tuesday, March 12 2013 12:34 PM EDT2013-03-12 16:34:38 GMT
There is a tranquil beauty about the Pacific Northwest, but for decades the region has also hidden dark secrets. Oregon and Washington have the dubious distinction of being home to some of the nation'sMore >
The Northwest was home to Ted Bundy, the Molalla Forest Killer, the Green River Killer, the I-5 Killer and the Shoe Fetish Slayer. We asked a forensic scientist why so many infamous serial killers come from the Northwest.More >
Tuesday, February 26 2013 10:31 AM EST2013-02-26 15:31:50 GMT
If you type the phrase "serial killer addresses" into an Internet search engine, you'll get results that are disturbing. There are a number of web sites that list the prison addresses of convicted killers. PoliceMore >
"A lot of them get caught up in the drama that's associated with these people forever," says criminal psychologist Dr. Frank Colistro.More >
Tuesday, February 12 2013 10:25 AM EST2013-02-12 15:25:36 GMT
Several web sites are selling the personal items of notorious serial killers, including Northwest murderers, the I-5 and Green River killers. Dubbed murderabilia, the macabre memorabilia can cost fromMore >
Websites are selling the personal items of notorious serial killers, including Pacific Northwest murderers like the I-5 and Green River killers. It's dubbed "murderabilia."More >
MOLALLA, OR (KPTV) -
On a recent hike through a secluded part of the Molalla Forest, bow hunter Everett Banyard remembered an August afternoon more than 25 years ago.
"It's changed so much," Banyard said.
Banyard recalled he had gone out hunting not far from his home. He said late-afternoon sunlight filtered through an overhead canopy of foliage and, as he glanced down, he saw some unusual matted fern. He then made a gruesome discovery.
"Right over there, is where I found the two bodies," he said, as he walked through the woods.
Banyard had found the nude bodies of two young women, one on top of the other.
"That's when I took my foot and pushed it back and seen what looked like a bare butt and then I seen a leg and I just backed off and got out of the area," he said.
Until now, Banyard had never spoken publicly about that August day and the days that followed, when police and criminalists combed the forest. They would find the bodies of four more women - six in all - victims of Dayton Leroy Rogers, later dubbed the Molalla Forest Killer.
At Rogers' murder trial in the late 1980s, prosecutors exposed his double life. He was a quiet repairman with a family who also tortured and murdered prostitutes. In 1989, a jury convicted Rogers of killing seven women, one outside an Oak Grove restaurant, along with the six women whose remains were found in the forest.
Using dental records, all but one of the discarded bodies was identified.
Identifying Jane Doe No. 6 has become a personal mission for forensic anthropologist Dr. Nici Vance.
"Jane Doe No. 6 is a huge mystery for us," Vance said.
Digging through archive evidence at the Oregon State Police crime lab late last year, Vance found some of Jane Doe No. 6's scalp and hair.
"We decided, well it's a biological material and we've got a chance to do DNA on it. So let's go ahead and get it done," she said. "We had a perfect storm. A good resource in the fact that it was packaged correctly. Investigators in 1987 were very diligent in the way they maintained the evidence. It was stable, basically."
Stable enough for analysts at the University of North Texas to create a mitochondrial or maternal DNA profile. For the first time, investigators now have a genetic picture of the mystery woman.
"You might think that if someone on the fringe of society isn't reported missing, that no one is looking for her, but I beg to differ," she said. "I am committed to getting a name to this face and these remains."
Back in the Molalla forest, Rogers' dumpsite has become a popular hiking trail.
"Right here is the Hardy Creek Trailhead and that's the spot," Banyard said.
Banyard still lives just up the hill from where he found the bodies. It still crosses his mind what went on in these woods, what torture those six women may have suffered.
"We had noticed the dog barking," he remembered.
And he hopes the sordid story may finally end, when Jane Doe No. 6 has a name, not just a number.
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:13 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:13:30 GMT
Washington State Patrol is trying to track down a hit-and-run driver in a black Ford F150 pickup truck. State Trooper William Finn said the pickup driver ran a truck and trailer off the road on InterstateMore >
Washington State Patrol is trying to track down a hit-and-run driver in a black Ford F150 pickup truck.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:45 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:45:05 GMT
Portland police have arrested the suspect in an assault and stabbing in Northeast Portland. James Moultrie was booked in the Multnomah County Jail on assault, kidnap, rape and sodomy charges.Police respondedMore >
Portland police have arrested the suspect in an assault and stabbing in Northeast Portland. James Moultrie was booked in the Multnomah County Jail on assault, kidnap, rape and sodomy charges.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:32 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:32:38 GMT
Friends and family will gather Thursday night for a candlelight vigil to remember Ivanice Harris. Harris was last seen a week ago at a bar in Waikiki, Hawaii. According to family, she was in Hawaii toMore >
Friends and family will gather Thursday night for a candlelight vigil to remember Ivanice Harris.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:44 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:44:59 GMT
A family of three was pulled from a burning condo in Aloha during a two-alarm fire Thursday morning. Washington County deputies were first to respond to the home at Southwest Jaden Drive at 4:47 a.m. TheyMore >
Gang Huo and his 11-year-old son, Tengyuan, are in critical condition at Legacy Emanuel Hospital. More >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:56 AM EDT2013-05-22 04:56:12 GMT
The body of a missing Portland woman has been found in Hawaii. A medical examiner's office in Hawaii confirmed Tuesday the body of Ivanice Harris was found near Yokohama Bay. A cause of death has notMore >
The medical examiner's office in Hawaii confirmed Tuesday the body of Ivanice Harris was found near Yokohama Bay. A cause of death has not yet been determined.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:06 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:06:27 GMT
Police in Vancouver have received several reports of batteries being stolen from RVs in the area. Detectives are now looking for the person behind the thefts. Fox 12 spoke with Vancouver resident AlexisMore >
Police in Vancouver have seen a spike of RV battery thefts in recent days.More >
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:55 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:55:08 GMT
(RNN) - Dozens of Cleveland restaurants have pledged to give the man who rescued three Ohio women from captivity, free burgers for life. Charles Ramsey, the guy who famously stopped eating his Big MacMore >
More than a dozen of Cleveland restaurants have pledged to give the man who rescued three Ohio women from captivity, free burgers for life.More >