Winchester Bay Homicide Update – Victim Identified

WINCHESTER BAY HOMICIDE UPDATE From the Douglas County Major Crime Team: The Douglas County Major Crime Team is continuing to investigate the homicide at the Winchester Wayfinding Point located along Highway 101 about three miles south of Reedsport.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed the identity of the victim of the homicide as KIRSTEN ELAINE ENGLUND, age 57, from Castro Valley, California. The manner and cause of death will not be released.
The following is a statement from ENGLUND’S family:
“Kirsten’s family is devastated by the heinous, cowardly, and senseless crime that took her life. We cannot begin to describe the deep void that we will have without her.
Kirsten was a compassionate, loving person, who brightened everyone’s life. Kirsten graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the San Francisco State University. Kirsten worked for over 25 years as a CPA, first as an auditor with KPMG in Houston, Texas than as an internal auditor at Mervyns Headquarters in Hayward. She retired in 2008 but kept active with her passions. She was a longtime resident of Castro Valley and volunteered for many organizations including Proctor Elementary and Creekside Middle School PTA where she served as Treasurer. She also recently dedicated much of her time serving on the Board of Directors for the Castro Valley Arts Foundation.
Some of Kirsten’s favorite activities were hiking, camping, bird watching, gardening and traveling. She was an avid card player and enjoyed creative endeavors in needlepoint, sculpting, photography, and painting.
She will be truly missed by all her family and friends. She is survived by her two sons, step daughter, six siblings including her triplet sister and brother, and many nieces and nephews.
We were all blessed with having Kirsten in our lives. She was an amazing person with a great capacity to love and help people.
As we remember the life of our beloved Kirsten and mourn her loss we would ask for privacy.
The family of Kirsten Englund”

As stated, the family wishes for privacy and does not wish to be contacted by representatives of the media.
The investigation is continuing. No other information to be released at this time pending approval from the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.

This entry was posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 and is filed under Local News.