Lake Oswego Police investigating homicide in River Run neighborhood
Lake Oswego Police are continuing to investigate a homicide involving a husband and wife that shocked the River Run neighborhood off Childs Road on Wednesday afternoon.
LOPD Lt. Darryl Wrisley said officers were called to a home near the intersection of River Run Drive and Bass Lane shortly after 4 p.m. by the couple's 18-year-old son, who had returned to the house to discover what he believed was a "medical emergency" and is now being called a crime scene.
Wrisley said police found 50-year-old Heidi Anne Winchester dead in the home and her husband, 52-year-old Michael David Winchester, in need of medical attention in the garage. According to the Lake Oswego Fire Department, Heidi Winchester's body was found face down on a bedroom floor and was covered in blood. There was also a substantial amount of blood covering the bed and on the floor, the LOFD said.
Michael Winchester was taken to a local hospital, where he was still being held for observation on Thursday. An autopsy was being performed on his wife to determine the exact cause of death.
Michael Winchester's LinkedIn page says he became a senior claims representative for Mutual of Enumclaw in 2017 after spending 27 years with State Farm. Soccer has been a life-long passion, with stints as a player, coach and fan. In 1984, he was captain of Beaverton High School's state champion soccer team; in 2016, his older son, Michael Jr., won the state title as a player on Lakeridge High's team.
Heidi Winchester, who was also known as Annie, successfully battled Stage 4 rectal cancer in 2011 and went on to form Annie's Cancer Club, a monthly gathering where she and fellow cancer survivors could share their hopes and fears in what she called "a comforting, spiritual and emotionally safe place."
"The most important person (during her recovery) was my husband, Mike," she told The Review in 2012. "He had to be a single parent and also a nurse."
The Clackamas County Major Crimes Team was at the Winchesters' house on Bass Lane for hours Wednesday and officers were with a suspect, Wrisley said, although he declined to say whether that suspect was the injured husband. He did say, however, that neither of the couple's two teenage sons, Michael Jr. or Blake, were suspected in the case; both were OK and with family.
A weapon — it was not a gun — was found in the home, Wrisley said, but there did not appear to be any danger to the public.
No other details were expected to be released until Friday at the earliest. If the initial details hold, though, it would be the first homicide in Lake Oswego since February 2016 (although the murder charge in that case was later reduced in a plea deal to first-degree manslaughter).
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