Pregnant woman had bite marks on body, documents reveal

Korena Roberts



Posted on August 15, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 6 at 3:25 PM

Docs: Violent struggle in murder

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Newly released court documents detail a " violent struggle" as a pregnant woman was killed earlier this month. Background:

They show that Heather Snively died after a violent struggle with her killer, alleged to be Korena Roberts, 27. Detectives accuse Roberts of cuttting Snively's baby from the womb and then pretending the child was hers.

During an autopsy, a strand of dark hair was found in the Snively's hand and there also were bite marks on the back of her right elbow. During the autopsy, fingernail clipping were taken from Snivley because Roberts has a fresh five-inch scratch on the base of her neck.

"I know from my own observations that the scene of this crime was very bloody," Detective Murray Rau wrote in an autopsy report, " and, based on m own observations of the physical evidence, was the scene of a violent struggle involving the suspect and the victim."< /p>

Among the items seized from the home were a collapsible metal baton with blood and hair; a Winnie the Pooh comforter with blood; an Eddie Bauer baby sling with blood; a crib bumper pad with blood, a pink and grey purse with blood and assorted sheets, towels and pillowcases with blood.

Detectives collected a ghastly array of blood evidence throughout the bathroom in the home. Also seized was a CD of Agatha Christie's "The A.B.C. Murders" about a serial killer whose victims are murdered in alphabetical order.

Friends believe Snively and Roberts met on the website Craigslist.

According to police, Korena Roberts told her live-in boyfriend she was pregnant with twins. Investigators note, she's not.

According to her boyfriend, Yan Shubin, "Korena was taking pre-natal pills," and pretended to go to an ultra sound appointment. Shubin told detectives, his girlfriend "was taking mid-wife classes at PCC community college."

When her boyfriend found Roberts on the day of the murder, police suggest, "Korena was sitting in the tub with an infant only wearing a bra."

She initially told medics, she'd just given birth. But, the documents show, Roberts later told her boyfriend "she did a horrible thing."