PORTLAND -- A man charged with the July murder of a Southeast Portland woman has been linked to the death of another woman, police announced Monday.
The Portland Police Bureau announced that 40-year-old Mark Beebout is now suspected in the murder of a woman found dead in Washington Park June 26. The victim has not been identified.
Her death had been considered suspicious, but the medical examiner did not release additional details.
Beebout faces nine counts of aggravated murder, rape and sex abuse for her death. Oregon State Police forensic examiners said they linked him to the victim through DNA. Police also released a facial reconstruction sketch (pictured, above).
He was previously arrested in Seattle, Washington on July 19, in connection with the death of 32-year-old Nikayla Powell.
Right now, we know that somebody, somewhere is missing a daughter, a sister, a friend, a mother maybe, Sgt. Pete Simpson said.
Beebout, a registered sex offender, was indicted August 8 on six counts of aggravated murder, sex abuse and assault in connection with Powell's death. Court documents showed Powell had been strangled with a shoelace and sexually abused.
Powell was a volunteer who helped the homeless and she had allowed Beebout to move into her apartment.
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The Washington Park victim was described as mixed race, possibly Hispanic or Native American, in her teens or early 20s, about 5 feet tall, weighing 100 pounds, with long, straight, black hair. Detectives said she was possibly a runaway and likely not from Portland.
Evidence at the scene indicated that there were people in the area that may be able to assist in the investigation.
Beebout could face the death penalty if convicted.
KGWReporter Kyle Iboshi contributed to this report