Body found in Hillsboro; death ruled a homicide
Hillsboro police are investigating a homicide which officers say occurred nearly a week ago.
Alexis Vega-Cruz, 24, was found dead at about 10:28 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4 according to Hillsboro Police Department spokesman Sgt. Clint Chrz. Police have declined to say what caused Vega-Cruz's death, except to say he appeared to have died "of homicidal violence."
Police have also not released where Vega-Cruz's body was discovered, or any potential motive for the slaying.
"This is an ongoing investigation by the Hillsboro Police Department," Chrz said in a written statement. "At this time we have no further information we can release due to the active nature of the investigation."
Anyone with information about Vega-Cruz's death is asked to call Det. Sean Magnuson at 503-681-6190.
Chrz said the decision to withhold Vega-Cruz's cause of death and the location where the body was found came in consultation with Washington County detectives and the Washington County District Attorney's Office.
The move is unusual, Chrz admitted, but said it was crucial for the integrity of the investigation.
Hillsboro Police Department released limited information on Monday, Nov. 9, after the department was contacted by media outlets seeking information on Vega-Cruz's death.
"The only reason, the sole reason, is to maintain the integrity of the investigation," Chrz said. "We were all aware that when we had to release information how it would look, being several days old."
Since his death, rumors have circulated that police recovered Vega-Cruz's body in Bagley Park in downtown Hillsboro, and that he had been stabbed several times. In recent days a make-shift memorial had been erected in the park, though it was removed Monday.
Chrz said no body was discovered in the park, but declined to release further information.
"Details of the location (where Vera-Cruz's body was discovered) are imperitive to the investigation, Chrz said. "We've got to keep that as classificed as we can."
According to court records, Vega-Cruz was arrested a handful of times in 2016 and 2017 for low-level offenses. His most recent arrest, in August 2017, came after he stole more than $100 in merchandise from Macy's department store in Hillsboro.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Vega-Cruz's family with funeral costs.
"I'm starting this for my beloved friend Alexis Vega," organizer Adan Lupercio wrote on the page. "He was taken from us much too soon. A beautiful person and a true light for anyone he loved. Through thick and thin, good and bad. If you can help with anything I'm sure his family would appreciate everything. Keep them in your prayers."
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