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SMP24-6769 Photo of the victim and his vehicle.
SMP24-6769 Photo of the victim and his vehicle.
Homicide investigation develops overnight -- UPDATE (Photo) - 02/22/24


DATE: February 22, 2024 

CONTACT: Salem Police Communications Office | 

Suspect Arrested in Homicide 

Salem, Ore. — On February 22, 2024, Ventura-Arellano, Ismael age 21 was Arraigned and charged with Murder II and Felon in Possession of a Firearm in the murder of Ramos-Torres, Jesus age 23. Ventura is being held at Marion County Jail. The Salem Police Department and the Violent Crime Unit would like to thank the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) for their assistance with this investigation. 

All further inquiries will be handled by the Marion County District Attorney's Office.  

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DATE: January 26, 2024

Homicide investigation develops overnight

Update 01/26/2024 | 3:35 p.m.

The homicide victim is identified as Jesus Ramos-Torres, age 23, of Salem. Ramos-Torres was found deceased from a gunshot wound in the early morning hours of January 25. 

Violent Crime Unit detectives investigating the incident have released a photo of the victim and his vehicle with the hope someone will come forward with information helpful to the investigation. 

Investigators would like to speak with anyone who may have interacted with Ramos-Torres or know of his whereabouts Wednesday evening, January 24, or before he died at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Salem Police Tips Line at 503-588-8477. 

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Media: See attached image file.


Salem, Ore. — Salem Police Violent Crimes Unit detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred early this morning.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. today, a deputy from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, responding to a report of gunfire in the 1100 block of Cordon RD SE, came upon a vehicle blocking the roadway. The male driver of the vehicle was found deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.

Salem Police responded to the scene and assumed the investigation which closed Cordon RD between Macleay and Caplinger RDS SE for approximately six hours.

No immediate arrests have been made. The incident is an active investigation, and no additional information is being released, including that of the 23-year-old victim.

Detectives ask anyone with information about this incident to call the Salem Police Tips Line at 503-588-8477 and refer to case number SMP24-6769.

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