HARRISBURG, Ore. - A man killed his estranged girlfriend with a machete before hanging himself from a tree in what investigators are calling a murder-suicide, the Linn County Sheriff's Office said.
The victim - 34-year-old Jacqueline Marroquin of Eugene - was reported missing by her family Monday night. The Eugene Police Department sent a request to local law enforcement agencies in attempt to locate Marroquin.
The request for help locating Marroquin said she was possibly in her 2008 Honda Accord with her long-time boyfriend, 51-year-old Rolando De Paz, and that the two might be traveling in the Harrisburg area of Linn County.
"They were a couple who had been together for some time in the Eugene area and there had been some history of violence in the past," Undersheriff Bruce Riley said.
Riley said Marroquin had a restraining order against De Paz in the past, but it had lapsed.
Linn County deputies checked the area late Monday night and early Tuesday. Marroquin's vehicle was found around 11:15 a.m. on Tosta Drive in a rural area of Harrisburg.
Deputies found blood and a machete in the car. They found Marroquin's body in a brushy area about 50 yards away.
"They found his body a few hours later and he had committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree," Riley said.