State Police

ORS 181A.255
Report of suspected criminal homicide

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As used in this section, “criminal homicide” has the meaning provided in ORS 163.005 (Criminal homicide).


Any criminal justice agency within the State of Oregon having primary responsibility for investigation of the case shall provide information relating to any suspected criminal homicide to the Superintendent of State Police within 25 days after its discovery. The criminal justice agency shall submit the information on a form which shall be developed and provided by the Department of State Police. The form shall contain only information necessary to aid law enforcement personnel in comparing homicides and suspected homicides and discovering those exhibiting similar characteristics. The Department of State Police shall enter information submitted by an investigating agency into a file controlled by the Department of State Police and shall compare such information to information on other homicides or suspected homicides, for the purpose of discovering similarities in criminal methods and suspect descriptions. The Department of State Police shall advise the concerned investigating agencies if the Department of State Police finds homicides exhibiting similar criminal methods or suspect descriptions.


When an investigating criminal justice agency terminates active investigation of a suspected criminal homicide due to an arrest having been made in the case, death of the primary suspect, or whatever other reason, the investigating agency shall so notify the Department of State Police within 30 days following such termination. Notification shall include the reason for terminating active investigation. [Formerly 181.580]
Note: 181A.255 (Report of suspected criminal homicide) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 181A or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.


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