Portland police said that the body was discovered Friday afternoon and homicide detectives were brought in to investigate “suspicious circumstances.”
PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland police have launched an investigation following the discovery of a body in Powell Butte Nature Park on Friday afternoon amid suspicious circumstances.
The Portland Police Bureau said that officers were dispatched for a report of a body in the nature park just after 3:15 p.m. on Friday. Officers arrived and confirmed that someone was dead at the scene.
“Due to suspicious circumstances,” officers called in PPB homicide detectives to investigate.
The agency did not provide any additional details in a brief statement issued Friday night. The cause and manner of the person’s death will be determined by the medical examiner’s office.
Though the address of Powell Butte Nature Park places it on SE Powell Boulevard near SE 162nd, the park covers more than 600 acres — bigger than Mt. Tabor Park or the Kelly Butte Natural Area. It’s unclear where in the park the body was discovered.
Earlier on Friday, Portland police responded to a deadly stabbing in the Centennial Neighborhood of SE Portland. Police told KGW that this case was the 91st homicide of the year, breaking a record set in 2021 for the most in Portland’s known history.
Anyone with information about the Powell Butte case is asked to contact Detective Jennifer Hertzler at Jennifer.Hertzler@police.portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-1040, or Detective Joe Corona at Joseph.Corona@police.portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-0508. Please reference case number 22-326621.
This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.