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Monday in Portland: PPB says rumors connecting deaths of 6 women are unfounded and more

Emily Scarvie

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(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Monday, June 5 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Two men killed after car drives off Morrison Bridge

Two men were killed when a car drove off the Morrison Bridge early Sunday and landed upside down on the street below. According to the Portland Police Bureau, the black 2003 Mercedes 500 was heading east on the bridge viaduct when the driver hit a barrier and went over the guardrail around 2:17 a.m.

The car landed on its top below the bridge on Water Avenue, killing both men. The identities of the men have not yet been released. Speeding and alcohol are suspected to be involved in the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to contact crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-146476.

2. Rumors connecting deaths of 6 women 'not supported by facts,' PPB says

The Portland Police Bureau announced Sunday that the deaths of six women whose bodies were found around the greater Portland area in the last four months appear to be unrelated. The department issued a statement in response to widespread concern on social media suggesting that the cases are possibly connected to an unknown serial killer.

“The Portland Police Bureau has been hearing widespread questions and concerns about the death investigations of six women throughout the region, especially after widely distributed social media posts and news media articles appeared to suggest a connection between them,” PPB said in a statement. “These discussions have led to some anxiety and fear in our community, and we want to provide reassurance that the speculation is not supported by facts available at this point.”

The investigations into the deaths involve multiple agencies, including PPB and the Multnomah County, Clackamas County and Polk County Sheriff’s Offices. PPB said they’ve been in communication with these departments to investigate the possibility of a connection, but that doesn’t mean a connection actually exists.

“We ask that our community be aware of the facts about these cases before sharing speculation,” PPB said. “PPB is assuring our community that if we learn of an articulable danger, we will notify the public about it. PPB will continue to coordinate with other law enforcement agencies to ensure we are doing all we can to pursue justice for any and all crime victims.”

3. Woman who threw her children off the Portland Sellwood Bridge dies in prison

On Sunday, a woman who was sentenced to life in prison after throwing her two children off the Portland Sellwood Bridge in 2009 died in her cell. Amanda Stott-Smith, 45, was found dead Sunday morning, according to the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. They did not specify how she died.

Stott-Smith was sentenced to life or at least 35 years in prison for throwing her 4-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter off the bridge. Her daughter survived but her son died. Stott-Smith said at the time that it was revenge against her estranged husband.

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