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Update: Victim Identified Homicide Investigation - Winchester Bay Wayfinding Point south of Reedsport

The Douglas County Major Crime Team is continuing to investigate the homicide at the Winchester Wayfinding Point located along Highway 101 about three miles south of Reedsport.

 

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identity of the victim of the homicide as KIRSTEN ELAINE ENGLUND, age 57, from Castro Valley, California.  The manner and cause of death will not be released. 

 

The following is a statement from ENGLUND'S family:

 

"Kirsten's family is devastated by the heinous, cowardly, and senseless crime that took her life. We cannot begin to describe the deep void that we will have without her.

 

Kirsten was a compassionate, loving person, who brightened everyone's life.

Kirsten graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and received a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the San Francisco State University. Kirsten worked for over 25 years as a CPA, first as an auditor with KPMG in Houston, Texas than as an internal auditor at Mervyns Headquarters in Hayward. She retired in 2008 but kept active with her passions. She was a longtime resident of Castro Valley and volunteered for many organizations including Proctor Elementary and Creekside Middle School PTA where she served as Treasurer. She also recently dedicated much of her time serving on the Board of Directors for the Castro Valley Arts Foundation.

 

Some of Kirsten's favorite activities were hiking, camping, bird watching, gardening and traveling. She was an avid card player and enjoyed creative endeavors in needlepoint, sculpting, photography, and painting.

 

She will be truly missed by all her family and friends. She is survived by her two sons, step daughter, six siblings including her triplet sister and brother, and many nieces and nephews. 

We were all blessed with having Kirsten in our lives. She was an amazing person with a great capacity to love and help people.

 

As we remember the life of our beloved Kirsten and mourn her loss we would ask for privacy.

 

The family of Kirsten Englund"

 

As stated, the family wishes for privacy and does not wish to be contacted by representatives of the media. 

 

The investigation is continuing. No other information to be released at this time pending approval from the Douglas County District Attorney's Office. 

 


Previous Releases:

 

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team is continuing to investigate the homicide of an adult female at the Winchester Wayfinding Point located along Highway 101 about three miles south of Reedsport.

 

Investigators have tentatively identified the female victim and are awaiting confirmation as to her identity from the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office. An update will be provided upon the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office confirmation of the victims identity. 

 

Investigators have developed a primary suspect and are pursuing leads both in Oregon and California. The primary suspect has been identified as JEFFREY GRIFFIN BOYCE, age 30, from North Bend, Oregon.  BOYCE was taken into custody in California on April 29, 2013 on local criminal charges that occurred in Marin and Sonoma Counties in California. No charges have been formally filed yet against BOYCE for crimes committed in the State of Oregon.   

 

The investigation is continuing. No other information to be released at this time pending approval from the Douglas County District Attorney's Office. 

 

 

(Previous News Release)

 

The Douglas County Major Crime Team is investigating the homicide of an unidentified adult female found Sunday morning in the vicinity of Winchester Bay Wayfinding Point located along Highway 101 about three miles south of Reedsport.

 

On April 28, 2013 at approximately 8:20 a.m., a couple who stopped at the Wayfinding Point area west of Highway 101 near milepost 217 discovered the body and contacted 9-1-1. The location provides a view of the ocean, a coastal lake and a historic lighthouse. Emergency personnel from several law enforcement agencies and Winchester Bay Rural Fire Protection District responded to the scene.

 

Initial investigation indicates the homicide occurred Sunday morning. Investigators are asking for the public's help in this case, including information about any suspicious person(s) or activity at Winchester Bay Wayfinding Point and the surrounding southern coast area.

 

Anyone with information regarding this reported crime is asked to call the Tip Line set up through the OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 664-4600. The lead investigator is Oregon State Police Detective Brian Assmus. Tips may also be forwarded to OSP by email to crimetips2OSP@state.or.us. Tips should include specific details including the type of case and information related to the criminal investigation. Even though tips may be received anonymously, those providing tips are encouraged to give contact information for follow-up by the investigator(s), if needed.

 

No other information to be released at this time.

 

The Douglas County Major Crime Team is comprised of law enforcement personnel from Oregon State Police, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Roseburg Police Department, and Douglas County District Attorney's Office.

 

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