Barbara Jean Whitesell


Barbara Jean Whitesell

Death 13 Jul 1990 (aged 19)
Gresham, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Burial Corbett, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 32165735 View Source
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Excerps from The Oregonian:

Barbara Jean Whitesell , 19, lighthearted and engaged to be married, went to a beach on the Sandy River to picnic and swim.

The next day she was dead.

Shortly before 7:30 p.m. Friday, two boys, ages 13 and 8, found the Southeast Portland woman's body behind Grace Brethren Church in Troutdale. She had been strangled.

Two days later, Multnomah County sheriff's deputies arrested two Gresham men, Clifton Duane Dooley, 21, and Marcus William Blalock, 19, in connection with her death.

Whitesell 's father, Clayton Whitesell , 43, said Tuesday in an interview in his home that his daughter's slaying and the arrests have left him and his family in shock.

``We just can't believe it,'' he said.

What stuns Clayton Whitesell almost as much as his daughter's death is that Dooley is one of the men accused of killing her. ``We knew the man real well,'' he said. ``They went to Corbett Grade School together.''

Whitesell died of asphyxiation after she was gagged and strangled, the Multnomah County medical examiner's office said.

Barbara Whitesell 's fiance, Mike Guthert, 21, Stated they planned to be married Oct. 24, which would have been her 20th birthday.

Guthert said his fiancee was a sweet, happy-go-lucky person who cared little for material gain. An unemployed, eighth-grade dropout, she was more interested in her family and friends than anything else.


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