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Deborah LeeĀ  Wiki – Deborah Lee Biography

OREGON: Police have made an arrest in a cold case of 30-year-old Deborah Lee Atrops 35. Deborah disappeared after she failed to pick up her daughters from her estranged husband’s home in Oregon in 1988, she was later found dead in the trunk of her car in November of that year. Robert Elmer Atrops, her husband, who was then 34 years old, reported her missing. Although the couple was still married, they had been living apart since June 1988, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

On March 2, her husband was arrested on second degree murder charges. According to authorities, when Deborah failed to show up to pick up her eight-month-old adoptive daughter from her husband’s Sherwood home on November 29, 1988, after her hairdresser’s appointment, after which he reported her missing. Robert then called his acquaintances and family and a day later informed the Tigard Police Department to file a missing person report, the news release added.

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The age of Deborah Lee was 34 years that time.

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Deborah Le’s husband arrested in cold case murder

On December 1, a city public works employee reported a “suspicious abandoned car” with the keys in the driver’s seat of the “black 1988 Honda Accord two-door.” According to authorities, the car had been parked near the location since November 30. According to investigators, the body was found inside the trunk of the car and it appeared to them that “the body was placed there after her death.” The autopsy later determined that Deborah was “physically assaulted and strangled to death.” The cause of death was considered a “homicide”. But Deborah’s case eventually went cold, authorities said.

In 2020, authorities said the Washington district attorney’s office won a grant to “Pursuing Cold Cases Using DNA,” prompting them to launch a “Cold Case Unit” to investigate cold cases with a focus in crimes of a violent nature. The investigation into Deborah’s death was conducted in May 2021 in collaboration with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Cold Case Unit.

Over the next year and a half, detectives and investigators re-interviewed multiple witnesses and re-examined forensic evidence, the sheriff’s office said. Details of the case were unsealed to a Washington County grand jury on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. The grand jury indicted Atrops on one count of second-degree murder after hearing all testimony. On March 2, Robert Elmer was arrested after receiving a search warrant at his Newburg home and being booked into the Washington County Jail.Read More…..

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