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Marion County remains are those of Paul Winklebleck, suspect in Portland abductions

2-11-15 Oregon:

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office has determined that the remains found in Marion County in December are those of Paul Winklebleck.

Winklebleck had been sought in connection with the March 2010 kidnapping of two women from Portland's Old Town.

The Oregon Medical Examiner's Office has not determined the cause or manner of death.

The identification was based on evidence found at the scene and facts gathered by detectives. A DNA sample sent to the University of Texas awaits analysis, said Nici Vance, a forensic anthropologist at the medical examiner's office.

Police said Winklebleck approached two women as they left a Snoop Dogg concert at the Roseland Theater on March 4, 2010. He reportedly identified himself as a police "spotter" and offered them a ride home because they might be drunk.

After the women got into his car, Winklebleck threatened them with a knife and headed south on Interstate 5, eventually reaching Detroit Lake, police said. The two women were able to break free and find help.

Winklebleck had not been seen since. His car was located later in a field in Marion County.

Chris Baldridge, a spokesman for the Marion County Sheriff's Office, said the remains were found in the area where the Winklebleck investigation took authorities four years ago.

Hunters found the remains on Dec. 11, near Cook Road Southeast close to Turner. Other evidence was found at the scene, but Baldridge declined to elaborate.

Winklebleck was 42 at the time and a registered sex offender. He had an outstanding warrant for sexual abuse, as well as a probation violation. His victims were in their 20s. ..Source.. by Kasia Hall and Maxine Bernstein

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