Pamplin Media Group – Victim Identified in Eastbank Esplanade Murder

UPDATE: Portland Police identify the female victim of the May 8 shooting in Southeast Portland.

Portland Police have identified the female victim of the May 8 murder on the Eastbank Esplanade in southeast Portland.

The victim is Ash Smith, 31. His family has been notified.

The suspect, Wyatt Storm Belcher, 25, was indicted by a Multnomah County grand jury on one count of second-degree murder with a firearm and one count of unlawful use of a weapon (weapon fire).

According to the Portland Police Bureau, at 11:43 p.m. on May 8, officers from Central Precinct were dispatched to report a shooting on the walkway along the east bank of the Willamette River at Southeast Salmon Street. When officers arrived, they found a deceased woman and detained one person as part of the investigation.

SCREEN CAPTURE COURTESY: KOIN 6 NEWS - The scene of Sunday night's shooting on the Eastbank Esplanade.The Homicide Unit responded to continue the investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Brad Clifton at This email address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-823-0696, or Detective Michael Greenlee at This email address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-823-0871.

KOIN 6 News is a Portland Tribune press partner and contributed to this story.


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