PORTLAND, Ore. – Detectives are sorting through hundreds of pieces of evidence, searching for clues as to why a Forest Grove woman was stabbed and killed Tuesday.
Police were ramping up patrols and conducting interviews at the apartment complex where the crime happened, according to Sgt. Bob Ray of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
So far, they have no idea why the victim was singled out, but they believe she was targeted.
On Tuesday night, 29-year-old Nicole Laube was stabbed while working at a Cedar Mill apartment complex at 12264 NW Barnes Road, Ray said.
According to investigators, Laube was hanging fliers at the complex's parking lot when she was stabbed. She had started work just a month before.
She ran to a nearby apartment stairwell and collapsed. Tenants in the building reported the stabbing, but when deputies arrived they couldn't save her, Ray said.
Laube was a mother and wife, and the daughter of a pastor. Her friends and family said she had no enemies and was a friendly person.
Increased patrols around the apartment complex, including extra bike patrols at the complex, were on the lookout for any clues or suspects. Police were conducting new interviews and re-interviewing others, Ray said.
On Friday, detectives said they were sorting through hundreds of pieces of evidence and information. They asked the public to continue providing any tips on the stabbing.
"Any piece of information, regardless how small, could be critical to assist investigators," Ray said.
According to Ray, at this point investigators don't have any evidence that suggests why she was attacked.
"We believe that she was specifically targeted for some reason, because there weren't multiple victims in the area. So we think she was singled out for some reason, we don't know why and we don't know by who," Ray said.
Based on initial reports, the suspect may have been wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and camouflage pants.
K-9 units were also searching through the wooded area adjacent to the apartments and police were patrolling the complex Friday.
Anyone with any information about the attack was asked to call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.