Man and woman found in Mt. Hood National Forest died in homicide
Estacada residents Stacy Jean Rickerd and Jeremy David Merchant were found deceased in the Mt. Hood National Forest earlier this week. The State Medical Examiner has determined that Rickerd, 42, and Merchant, 43, died of homicidal violence.
At 9:45 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12, deputies and U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officers responded to a 911 call reporting the discovery of an adult male body and an adult female body near 4615 Road and the 130 Spur. Authorities also found a dog at the scene, unhurt and alive. The animal was placed in the care of Clackamas County Dog Services before being returned to family members of the deceased.
The Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office, Clackamas County Sheriff's detectives and Crime Scene Investigators, Clackamas County Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Technicians (CRAFT), and the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office also responded to the scene.
The Sheriff's Office is seeking additional information in this case. Anyone with information should contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 503-723-4949 or through online email form at www.web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp. Reference CCSO Case #19-018794.
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