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Carrie Lynette <I>Eckhart</I> Love

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Carrie Lynette Eckhart Love

Birth
Death
18 Jun 1986 (aged 20)
Klamath Falls, Klamath County, Oregon, USA
Burial
Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA Add to Map
Plot
Hope Lawn
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It was the afternoon of June 19, 1986 and McDonald and his wife Dottie had been visiting his 78-year-old mother in a retirement home. Now they were on their way back to Crescent Lake, Oregon, and the two-lane highway through the remote Fremont National Forest looked straight and empty. Then suddenly Bruce McDonald stood on the brakes. What looked like a body was lying by the side of the road. McDonald stopped, reversed and got out of the Toyota to investigate.

To his relief he found that the rumpled grey-green bundle was not a body but a sleeping bag containing a pillowcase full of possessions. There was a women's purse containing a check book, identity cards, savings account book, new white trainers, a bottle of pills, a bundle of papers, and receipts from restaurants and gas stations. But what caught Bruce McDonald's attention was the bag itself. It was stained with blood.

The McDonalds took the bag to the nearest police station - Klamath Falls. The documents and checkbook belonged to Carrie Lynette Love of the town of Easton near Seattle in Washington State and police immediately tried to notify her that her belongings had been found. The number tried by Trooper Eric Brown turned out to be that of Kelley Eberle, Carrie Love's room-mate, who said that 20-year-old Carrie had left for California the day before with Jesse Pratt, her boss at Northern Star Trucking Company, to help him open a company office in Los Angeles. She was then going to stay a few days with her father who lived nearby and then fly home.

Next morning Bruce McDonald took Detective Kenneth Cooper of the Oregon State Police to the spot where he had found the sleeping bag. McDonald also remembered that a blue Scout utility truck with California licence plates had been parked nearby. The Scout was no longer there but Cooper organised an intensive search of the area, which included a large heap of gravel left by road repairers. As detectives climbed the pile, Ken Cooper was the first to see it: a woman's hand sticking out of the stones. The area was cordoned off and forensic investigators started to work. Soon they had uncovered the body of a slim dark-haired young woman. She had been stabbed repeatedly with what could have been an ice-pick. She had also been run over - there were tire prints on her arms and head. Experts believed this had been done after the girl was dead, possibly in an attempt to hide her identity. But it was a vain hope, by now the body had been positively identified as that of Carrie Love.

Carrie Lynnette Love's life was taken by Jesse Pratt. Her battered body was found
by the side of U.S. 97 near Klamath Falls, Oregon. Love, who worked for Pratt's Seattle-based trucking company, was last seen driving with him toward California.

Method of murder: Stabbed, asphyxiated, and run over by a vehicle. Pratt was convicted and sentenced to death on 2/22/88 which makes him Oregon's oldest death row inmate.

On Dec. 13, 2022, outgoing Oregon Governor Kate Brown commuted all of her state's death sentences to life without the possibility of parole. The commutations took effect on Dec. 14, 2022, and included Jesse Clarence Pratt. He was still in prison as of Dec. 26, 2022, at the age of 88.
It was the afternoon of June 19, 1986 and McDonald and his wife Dottie had been visiting his 78-year-old mother in a retirement home. Now they were on their way back to Crescent Lake, Oregon, and the two-lane highway through the remote Fremont National Forest looked straight and empty. Then suddenly Bruce McDonald stood on the brakes. What looked like a body was lying by the side of the road. McDonald stopped, reversed and got out of the Toyota to investigate.

To his relief he found that the rumpled grey-green bundle was not a body but a sleeping bag containing a pillowcase full of possessions. There was a women's purse containing a check book, identity cards, savings account book, new white trainers, a bottle of pills, a bundle of papers, and receipts from restaurants and gas stations. But what caught Bruce McDonald's attention was the bag itself. It was stained with blood.

The McDonalds took the bag to the nearest police station - Klamath Falls. The documents and checkbook belonged to Carrie Lynette Love of the town of Easton near Seattle in Washington State and police immediately tried to notify her that her belongings had been found. The number tried by Trooper Eric Brown turned out to be that of Kelley Eberle, Carrie Love's room-mate, who said that 20-year-old Carrie had left for California the day before with Jesse Pratt, her boss at Northern Star Trucking Company, to help him open a company office in Los Angeles. She was then going to stay a few days with her father who lived nearby and then fly home.

Next morning Bruce McDonald took Detective Kenneth Cooper of the Oregon State Police to the spot where he had found the sleeping bag. McDonald also remembered that a blue Scout utility truck with California licence plates had been parked nearby. The Scout was no longer there but Cooper organised an intensive search of the area, which included a large heap of gravel left by road repairers. As detectives climbed the pile, Ken Cooper was the first to see it: a woman's hand sticking out of the stones. The area was cordoned off and forensic investigators started to work. Soon they had uncovered the body of a slim dark-haired young woman. She had been stabbed repeatedly with what could have been an ice-pick. She had also been run over - there were tire prints on her arms and head. Experts believed this had been done after the girl was dead, possibly in an attempt to hide her identity. But it was a vain hope, by now the body had been positively identified as that of Carrie Love.

Carrie Lynnette Love's life was taken by Jesse Pratt. Her battered body was found
by the side of U.S. 97 near Klamath Falls, Oregon. Love, who worked for Pratt's Seattle-based trucking company, was last seen driving with him toward California.

Method of murder: Stabbed, asphyxiated, and run over by a vehicle. Pratt was convicted and sentenced to death on 2/22/88 which makes him Oregon's oldest death row inmate.

On Dec. 13, 2022, outgoing Oregon Governor Kate Brown commuted all of her state's death sentences to life without the possibility of parole. The commutations took effect on Dec. 14, 2022, and included Jesse Clarence Pratt. He was still in prison as of Dec. 26, 2022, at the age of 88.


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