PORTLAND – A serial killing suspect is now charged in the deaths of three Portland women.
In late July 2012, Portland police said 63-year-old Jeffrey Paul Cutlip was living in Brownsville, Texas when he called police to confess his involvement in multiple murders. He was arrested and extradited to Portland on August 16.
The new charges came Monday when Cutlip was indicted in the death of 33-year-old Nielene Doll whose body was found off Southeast Bull Run Road in rural Clackamas County in July of 1993. She had been reported missing earlier in the month.
On Tuesday, some of his relatives spoke to KGW and said they were shocked to learn of the confessions. "It's really strange. I feel horrible about it. I just don't know what to think," said Cutlip's cousin, Brian. "It's just totally amazing that something like that could happen."
Brian Cutlip described Jeffrey as a "normal kid" growing up in the family.
"I do think about it. I'm just wondering, what he was thinking? And what happened over his life to make him do things like that?.. I just don't understand it," he said.
Cutlip previously was indicted on two counts of aggravated murder and nine counts of murder in connection with the deaths of 44-year-old Marlene Claire Carlson in 1975 and 15-year-old Julie Marie Bennett in 1977.
Carlson was found strangled in her Portland apartment on Southwest 15th Avenue in 1975. Bennett disappeared on April 4, 1977 and was found dead two days later in Johnson Creek.
Police continue investigating all three murder cases plus they're look for information from the public concerning any more crimes that may be tied to Cutlip.
Anyone with information in the cases is asked to contact Cold Case Homicide Unit detectives Jim Lawrence at (503) 823-0867 or James.Lawrence@PortlandOregon.gov or Detective Meredith Hopper can be reached at (503) 823-0865 or Meredith.Hopper@PortlandOregon.gov.