Woman found dead in parking garage was evicted in October

Shelters open for homeless during snow storm

PORTLAND, Ore. – A woman who was found dead in a downtown Portland parking garage on Saturday was recently evicted from her apartment. 

Court documents show 52-year-old Karen Batts was evicted on Oct. 14 from the Oak Apartments, a low-income housing facility for seniors. The property management company said Batts failed to pay $338 in past-due rent. 

Batts died of hypothermia due to exposure at a Smart Park garage at 730 Southwest 10th Avenue, according to the Oregon State Medical Examiner.

At 2:05 p.m. on Jan. 7, police were told about a woman at the garage who was removing her clothing and appeared to be struggling in the cold weather, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson of Portland police. 

When officers and medics arrived, the woman was dead. She was later identified as Karen Batts. 

A homeless man died from hypothermia earlier this week in Portland.

Portland did not reach above freezing Saturday, after Arctic air brought a week of unusually cold weather to the region. 

Police said anyone who sees someone unsheltered who appears to be in danger, call 911.

Warming centers are open in Portland and Gresham with capacity day and night during cold weather. Call 211 or visit 211’s website.

Severe weather centers will accommodate individuals and couples, pets and belongings, and do not require identification or any other documentation. Families with children seeking shelter should also call 211 and will be directed to a shelter that can accommodate children.

 


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