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  1. #1
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    Apr 2013

    OR - Frances Brewster, 75, & Walter Cierley, 88, Bend, October 1999


    In July 1998, Walter Andrew Cierley, who now would be 91, moved suddenly from his Prineville apartment. A relative who “a couple of weeks later shows up and cleans out the apartment of belongings” told police that Cierley was traveling around the country with friends in a motor home.

    Fifteen months later, in October 1999, Frances B. Brewster, who now would be 76, moved out of a Bend retirement center – with the same male relative’s help – and last was seen in the Sunriver area, Hayes said. The relative she had been living with said Brewster had left with Cierley to travel around the country in a motor home.

    Hayes said police were told Cierley had been married to Brewster’s sister, who passed away several years ago. Relatives said they have been unable to contact the pair and have not heard from them on key dates when they normally would have, such as “birthdays, Christmas and such,” Hayes said.

    A 45-year-old Seattle man who allegedly killed and buried his mother and uncle in Central Oregon – then cashed their Social Security checks – apparently shot and killed himself when confronted by police in Seattle last Friday on Deschutes County arrest warrants, authorities said.

    Federal indictments regarding the cashing of the checks were pending when Seattle police and federal agents went to a Seattle address to arrest John Henry Shipman on two warrants out of Deschutes County, said Bend police Lt. Jerry Stone. The warrants were for violations of a release agreement and a restraining order. Stone said the warrants stemmed from Shipman’s arrest and related investigations by Bend police into domestic violence directed at a former girlfriend.

    When contacted in Seattle, around 4:30 Friday afternoon, Shipman retrieved a shotgun inside the residence, and officers retreated. A Seattle SWAT team was called in, but negotiators were unable to contact Shipman again. The SWAT team entered the residence around 11 p.m. and found Shipman dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Stone said.
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    NamUs (Frances): https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/25666

  2. #2
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    Oct 2014
    NamUs information for Walter. What a tragic case.

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