Deputies respond to trio of suicides
Two of the victims were found dead. A third victim was hospitalized with a critical gunshot wound.
Capt. Tim Svenson gave this account:
n Frankie Heikes, 37, of 482 E. Sixth St., Lafayette, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunhot wound about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday by her husband.
n Madison Alex Naber, 20, of Southwest Vista Hills Drive, near Yamhill County's border with Washington County, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound about 7:15 a.m. Saturday by a visitor.
n Paul Douglas Katz, 63, of 19500 N.E. Jaquith Road, Newberg, was found lying in the driveway about 11:30 a.m. Sunday by sheriff's deputies responding to a 911 call. He told a dispatcher he planned to shoot himself and wanted deputies to find him before his wife did.
Katz was transported by Life Fiight helicopter to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, a regional trauma center. He was reported in critical condition there Monday.
"Sometimes we don't always understand the underlying issues of why these happen," Svenson said. "Mr. Katz and his wife recognized there were some depression issues. They were attempting to get help, but it didn't work out."
Svenson said there are resources available for people who are struggling with suicidal thoughts. He suggested calling the Yamhill County Family & Youth Mental Health Program crisis line, at 503-434-7462 during normal office hours or 1-800-560-5535 outside those hours, or the Salem-based Northwest Human Services crisis line, at 503-434-7465 or 1-800-560-5535.
"We're here 24/7," said crisis intervention worker Stella Slack of Northwest Human Services. "We're here to provide resources for any kind of crisis. If we get a call from someone in Yamhill County, or another county, we'll help set up resources in their county.
She said, "We try to give people the skills to cope with a particular crisis until they can seek out a doctor or a mental health professional. We're not counselors, but we'll find someone the resources they need."
Another option would be the National Suicide Prevention LifeLine at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). Additional information may be found at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
The following signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide, experts say:
Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves. Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun. Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live. Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
Talking about being a burden to others. Increasing intake of alcohol or drugs. Acting anxious or agitated. Behaving recklessly. Sleeping too little or too much. Withdrawing to the point of isolation. Showing rage or talking about taking revenge. Displaying extreme mood swings.