By News-Register staff • 

Surveillance footage sought related to assault case

The McMinnville Police Department is requesting the public's assistance with locating video surveillance footage along specific sections of the roadway between McMinnville and the Tualatin area between 2 and 4 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, in connection with the Traci Spurgeon assault case.

Spurgeon, a mother of three who is pregnant, has been hospitalized  at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland since she was assaulted. Friends and family members are raising money for her care, and a GoFundMe account has accounted for more than $11,000.

Anyone owning or operating a business, or living along designated sections of roadway, and owning a video surveillance system that clearly records the roadway, is asked to call the department's tipline at 503-434-2337.

It's requested you leave your name, address, phone number and a business name if applicable.

Individuals are asked to take all reasonable steps necessary to preserve the complete section of footage during the 2 to 4 a.m. time frame so arrangements can be made for collection.

These are the sections of roadway the police are interested in viewing:

Tualatin-Sherwood Highway, between Highway 99W  and Interstate 5.

* Highway 99W through Sherwood.

* Highway 99W through Dundee and Newberg.

Springbrook Road in Newberg, between Highway 99W and Wilsonville Road.

* Newberg-Dundee Bypass, between Highway 99W and 219.

* Highway 99W through Lafayette.

* Highway 18 Bypass / Dayton Bypass, between the south city limits of McMinnville and Highway 99W.

"The targeted area is the path of travel home from work (for the victim)," Capt. Tim Symons said. "We are still working hard to identify a suspect and are hoping that someone might have video to help with that."

He added, "Our detectives have hit all of the obvious locations for video so far and we are hoping someone might have a less conspicuous video system that could provide more than what we’ve already gathered."



Bill B

Don't even know where to start;

- 13 days to ask for the public's assistance and with very limited info
- clearly a danger to the public that should have been communicated immediately
- video from 13 days ago is probably re-recorded by now

What really surprises me is the lack of reaction by readers to the unresponsiveness of MPD


It sounds like they're looking at the idea of a suspect who would have followed the victim to her home from outside the area. That indicates less of a threat to residents in McMinnville than a local perpetrator.

I think we'd have to be involved with the investigative process to understand the timing of this request.

My impression regarding the lack of reaction by readers regarding how MPD is doing its job has more to do with giving them time to do it. We have no idea how close they are to an arrest.

I think most people are thinking of the victim.

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