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Brother Says Castro Valley Woman Killed in Oregon Homicide

Kirsten Englund, 56, of Castro Valley, was killed in Winchester Bay, Ore. Sunday, a man who identified himself as her brother-in-law told reporters.


A brother-in-law of a woman murdered in Oregon believes the victim to be a 56-year-old Castro Valley woman, according to media reports.

A woman’s body was found naked in bushes at around 8:20 a.m. Sunday morning near the Winchester Bay Wayfinding Point, located along Highway 101 in Douglas County, Ore.  The victim is believed to have been killed that morning, according to the Oregon State Police

A possible suspect was in custody Monday.

Though it has yet to be confirmed by a medical examiner, John Sandstrom told the Coos Bay World newspaper that the victim is Castro Valley resident Kirsten Englund.

Sandstrom told reporters that Englund was driving north to visit family members. She had visited a son at Humboldt State University and was en route to visit another son in Oregon and her sister in Washington.

Sandstrom was notified by police Monday that Englund’s car was found at Wayfinding Point with her body nearby in an area popular for whale watching, according to the Coos Bay World. He was asked for photos of Englund and any identifying physical characteristics and marks.

Englund has not answered repeated calls to her phone, Sandstrom added.

While few details of the homicide have been released, authorities on Monday arrested Jeffrey Boyce, 30, of North Bend, Ore., in Marin, Calif., who may be associated with the case.

Oregon investigators travelled to California to interview Boyce on Monday, but did not say if Boyce was a suspect in the homicide investigation, according to the Coos Bay World.

Boyce was arrested after robbing two people at gunpoint and was found with “an arsenal of guns and ammunition” — a loaded .22 caliber rifle, hundreds of bullets, six 30-round magazines and a tactical vest — the Coos Bay World reports.

Boyce’s mother told authorities that he had recently exhibited psychotic behavior and believed that someone was trying to kill him. She said she last saw Boyce Saturday and received a call from the 707 area code sometime between then and Monday morning.

Patch will update this report as more information becomes available.

Read more on The Coos Bay World.

*Danielle* May 01, 2013 at 05:50 AM
This is so sad. May she rest in peace.
Joellen Bell May 02, 2013 at 04:46 AM
Kristen worked at Mervyn's with us and we are all broken hearted! Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Carrie Wood May 02, 2013 at 09:19 PM
This is horrible. So very sad. My heart and prayers go out to her sons and family. This crime makes no sense.
Megan Talbot May 02, 2013 at 10:35 PM
I am devastated by our loss of Kirsten. She was a beautiful person, whom I have known since high school. I will miss her and think of her often. My thoughts, prayers, and love go to her wonderful family. Megan Talbot
Kenrick Edward Quamina May 09, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Kirsten and I worked at Mervyns in the Audit department several years ago. My heart feels heavy for her loss. I am so sorry to hear this. She was indeed a very lovely and caring person.


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