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News Release
Cause of death released in Heidi Winchester death - 02/06/19

On January 30th the Lake Oswego Police arrived at 4045 Bass Ln. on a report of a suicide/homicide call for service. While enroute to the scene officers learned through dispatch’s recorded statements that Blake, the son of Michael and Heidi Winchester that Michael Winchester had strangled Heidi Winchester to put her out of her misery. Heidi Winchester was reported to have been suffering from terminal cancer.

It was reported to LOCOM that Michael may have attempted suicide using a box cutter knife. Officers on scene reported that Michael made a spontaneous statement “I did it, I killed her, she had cancer, she’s dead upstairs”

While officers conducted a protective sweep of the house they found Heidi upstairs deceased. Next to her was a small “box cutter” style utility knife.

On 1-31-19 an autopsy was performed by the State Medical Examiner and it appears that the cause of death is likely “sharp force trauma”.  There was no indication that a third person was involved nor was there any sign of forced entry.

A note found in the home that appeared to be from Michael to his two sons describes Heidi’s suffering and his emotional state in regards to his family states “I could not bare to watch mom suffer anymore”


We would like to remind you that the family is asking to not be contacted by the media.

No additional information is available at this time.

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