The St. Helens Police Department (SHPD) is seeking information on two incidents that happened recently in St. Helens: the discovery of a body and an assault against a retired teacher. Though these are not Clatskanie-related crimes, given the nature of these investigations, we have elected to share these stories with our North County readers should information related to these incidents arise.
Body found in St. Helens park
The remains of what appear to be an adult male were found in a St. Helens park on Tuesday afternoon.
At around 1:58 p.m. on Sept. 24, officers with the St. Helens Police Department (SHPD) responded to the report of a body found in McNulty Creek near Firlok Park Boulevard and Highway 30.
According to the SHPD, the corpse was badly decomposed, but police believe the body appears to be the remains of a male adult. No identification was found near the body.
An initial investigation based on injuries to the body shows this was likely an accidental death, according to SHPD Sgt. Jose Castilleja. Police said via press release that no foul play is suspected.
The remains have been sent to the coroner for examination.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office assisted on the scene.
This is a developing story and will be updated at thechiefnews.com as new information becomes available.
If anyone has any information related to the discovery of the body, especially associated with possible missing persons from recent months, they are asked to call Officer Seann Luedke at 503-397-1521.
Masked man assaults retired teacher
A retired St. Helens High School teacher was attacked at his residence by an unknown suspect on Friday, Sept. 20.
The St. Helens Police Department (SHPD) responded to the report of an assault on Park Street at approximately 2:09 p.m. that day. When officers arrived on scene, they found the victim, David Schmor, of St. Helens, injured inside his residence.
Schmor reported an assault by an unidentified suspect who used a knife in the attack and fled the scene prior to the SHPD’s arrival. The attacker was described as being male, wearing dark clothing and a mask that hid his face.
According to police, the “mask” was actually sunglasses and a bandana. A K9 unit was deployed to track the suspect, but he was not found.
Schmor was transported to a Portland area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries to his head and stomach area.
Despite the strange circumstances surrounding the masked attacker, police said the public is not in immediate danger.
“Based on information that we have received that we are not releasing at this time due to this being an active investigation, investigators do not have a reason to believe that there is an active public safety threat,” Detective Dustin King said.
King said the department pulled multiple resources from multiple agencies, including the Oregon State Police crime lab and reconstruction unit, which helped reconstruct the crime scene. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the initial response to the scene.
The SHPD is currently following up on multiple leads, according to King, and continue to actively investigate the case.
As the investigation is ongoing, The Chief will update this story as new information becomes available.
Anyone with any information regarding the assault is asked to contact the SHPD at 503-397-1521.