Cops still seeking Hazelwood double murderer

Five years later … law Enforcement isn’t giving up on bringing justice to the families of the victims of a shocking 2014 outer East Portland double homicide …

Police are still looking for the killers of this couple, Helen and Jerry Ephrem, who were slain in the Hazelwood home they’d live in for 40 years. Family provided image

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Not long ago, Crime Stoppers of Oregon revealed they were continuing to work with the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) on solving the October 30, 2014, murders of Jerry Ephrem and his wife, Helen Ephrem, in their home on NE 114th Avenue – three houses north of Glisan Street.

Just after noon, on that day, someone called the 9-1-1 Center to report a possible deceased person at that address.

Just beyond the yellow police tape — the neatly-kept yard of the slain couple, about whom everyone had kind words. East Portland News archive image

Later that day, a family relative, Jerry Stevens told reporters, “A family member called, and couldn’t get a hold of them – so they came by, looked in the window and saw them.”

The couple were fine when he last visited the house, about a week before murders, Stevens said at the time, “They were good family-oriented people, and didn’t bother anyone.”

Apparently the Ephrems had lived in the house for forty years before their untimely deaths.

If you know something about this crime, help police find the killer or killers of Jerry and Helen Ephrem, both of whom were 65 years old at the time.

Police vehicles lined this Hazelwood neighborhood street, as they began the investigation of an appalling double homicide. East Portland News archive image

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information reported to Crime Stoppers, which leads to an arrest involving any unsolved felony crime, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

To submit secure and anonymous tips on the Crime Stoppers website, CLICK HERE. Or call 503-823-4357.

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