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Marion County District Attorney's Office releases its determination on the death of Tricia Carver, whose body was found near St. Paul

Marion County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that a nearly year-long investigation into the death of Tricia Carver has determined that her estranged husband, Lemarr Carver, is solely responsible.COURTESY OF MARION COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Tricia Carver

Tricia Carver's death was ruled a homicide after her body was found Nov. 5, 2018, in a field off Vachter Road NE, a gravel road near River Road in St. Paul. Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies found Lamarr Carver dead in his Hillsboro home on Nov. 7 from a single gunshot wound to the head. His death was determined to be a suicide.

The district attorney's report said on the afternoon she was killed, Linn County Sheriff's Office received inquiries from Carver's mother, Darlene Borde, who said she hadn't seen or heard from her 47-year-old daughter in 24 hours.

Investigators discovered that Carver's friend, Jessica Bauer, saw her on the afternoon of Nov. 4.

Carver told Bauer that she had plans to meet her estranged husband, Lemarr Carver, for dinner that evening and that she was considering reconciling with him. In Bauer's last conversation with Tricia Carver, the latter said she was en route to meet Lamarr Carver.

The two friends' also discussed an affair that Lemarr Carver was said to be having. Their phone call ended abruptly with Tricia Carver saying "he is coming."

Tricia Carver's vehicle was located in the parking lot of the Elmer's restaurant near the Woodburn Outlet mall, on Nov. 6, approximately five miles from where the body was found.

Investigators said Bauer described Lemarr Carver as being emotionally abusive and very controlling of Tricia Carver during their marriage.

On Nov. 7 Marion County Sheriff's Office had been in contact with Lamarr Carver, who said he would come to their office at 3 p.m. that day. Investigators said he sounded "flustered." He did not show up, and a WCSO tactical team found him dead at 9:10 p.m. that evening.

Oregon State Medical Examiner's ruled Tricia Carver's death as a homicide caused by blunt force injury of the head and neck.  Her injuries included a deep laceration to the scalp, subarachnoid hemorrhages and a fractured hyoid bone, consistent with manual strangulation. 

"Since the only suspect in Tricia Carver's murder is deceased, there will be no criminal prosecution and this criminal case will be considered closed," noted the district attorney's office report, which was issued by major case chiefs Katie Suver and Matthew Kemmy.

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