Homicide investigation underway in Oregon City
Police are investigating "homicidal violence" after a man's body was reportedly seen lying along the highway in Oregon City.
The medical examiner identified the man found dead around 12:30 p.m. June 26 as Michael Anthony James Davis, 40, of Clackamas County.
Citing a continued investigation, Oregon State Police did not offer any details on how they think Davis might have been killed.
As an Oregon City resident, Davis was convicted of meth possession, assault and menancing in 2012 and still owed the court thousands of dollars in unpaid fees upon his death. He was officially declared to be in violation of his probation in 2014.
Sister-in-law Shari Davis admits Michael Davis had his share of problems — namely drug abuse — but lately she said he'd been doing better and was living in a clean house.
"There's no reason for anyone to kill him, you know. No reason," Shari Davis said. "He was a good person. He just had a lot of problems in his life."
She said he started using meth at age 14 and always had trouble shaking the dangerous habit.
"He was funny, had a good sense of humor," she said. "He had a good heart."
Then she got a knock on her door with unimaginable news. Michael Davis was found murdered that day in Oregon City, police told his sister-in-law. She said she had just seen him the day before, and he was OK.
"He gave me a hug and said he loved me, and I said I loved him back and then the knock yesterday on the door — I thought it was him," Shari told KOIN 6 News. "It wasn't. It was somebody from the police that asked if I knew anyone that would want to kill Mike."
Oregon State Police said Davis died of homicidal violence, but Shari told KOIN 6 News he had been stabbed.
Shari said whatever happened under that overpass, whatever led someone to kill her brother-in-law, she just wants answers and justice.
"I want the person who did this to turn themselves in," Shari said. "To turn themselves in for what they did. I don't know why you killed him and you hurt a lot of people."
State troopers closed down the ramp at Interstate 205 connecting to Highway 213, causing delays on that stretch of highway on the afternoon of June 26. Anyone with information about the murder is asked to contact Oregon State Police.