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  1. #1
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    Dec 2005

    OR - Katie Eggleston, 22, Portland, 2 Aug 1993


    Man draws scrutiny in '93 cold case

    Crime - Portland reviews a woman's disappearance for ties to the Wilberger suspect
    Friday, February 24, 2006

    About six months ago, the parents of Katie Eggleston welcomed an FBI agent into their Redmond home. The arrival gave the couple the first hint in years that authorities might have uncovered a fresh clue in the search for their missing daughter.

    "I was surprised that an agent came all the way over here to do that," Paul Eggleston said Thursday.

    Portland police said Thursday that they are investigating whether the man charged with the 2004 murder of Brooke Wilberger may have been involved in the 1993 disappearance of Katie Eggleston, 22, in Portland.

    Joel Patrick Courtney, 39, who grew up in Beaverton, now awaits trial on rape charges in New Mexico. When he was charged in July with Wilberger's killing, law enforcement agencies in several states re-examined their cold cases for possible connections to Courtney.

    Last month, the FBI issued a bulletin saying it was investigating whether Courtney killed three other victims in Oregon. On Thursday, however, the FBI released another bulletin saying investigators have eliminated Courtney as a suspect in two of those cases but that it was still working with local authorities on a third case. The bureau did not say whether any of the cases involved Eggleston.

    Thursday, Portland police Sgt. Wayne Svilar, who heads the Cold Case Unit, said Eggleston's disappearance is under review for links to Courtney.

    Eggleston, 22, of Gresham went missing Aug. 2, 1993, when she left a travel agency in Northeast Portland. Her car was found near Northeast 128th Avenue and Airport Way in Portland.

    Svilar would not say that a firm tie to Courtney had been made in Eggleston's case, but he said, "There are obvious similarities: She's abducted. She's never found, and there are similarities in the victims' appearances."

    Eggleston, like Wilberger, was young, slender and blond, characteristics that authorities say were common among Courtney's victims.

    In addition, the FBI said Courtney was in Portland in 1993.

    Similar investigations in New Mexico have petered out. The district attorney and an FBI spokesman in Albuquerque said they had not turned up additional cases involving Courtney.

    Police are not saying Courtney is the man responsible for Eggleston's disappearance, and Svilar said the case remains under investigation. An FBI agent is assigned to the Cold Case Unit and is assisting.

    But Eggleston's father, Paul, said Thursday, "We know more now than we knew years ago. We're glad that somebody's looking into this."

    Eggleston said an FBI agent visited him and his wife in their Central Oregon home about six months ago to take samples of their DNA. Eggleston would not discuss what he learned about his daughter's disappearance that day or since.

    Eggleston said he offered the agent the seven loose-leaf binders in which the family has kept a log of everything they knew about the case. Eggleston said he was just about to ask for the binders to be returned when Svilar called him Thursday morning to alert him to the FBI's bulletin.

    Staff writer Jeff Manning contributed to this story. Anne Saker: 503-294-7656; annesaker@news.oregonian.com

    I could not find a listing on the Doe Network, or the Charley Project, so here is the information from the article:

    Katie Eggleston
    Missing From: Portland, Oregon since August 2, 1993
    Age: 22
    Eyes: Blue
    Build: Slender
    Hair: Blond

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    Dec 2005

    PORTLAND -- The FBI is looking at possible connections between Joel Courtney and Katie Eggleston, who vanished in 1993.

    CourtneyCourtney, 39, is charged in the rape and murder of 19-year-old Brooke Willberger, who disappeared in May 2004 from a Corvallis apartment complex parking lot. He's also charged in the kidnap and rape of a New Mexico college student.

    Detectives say Courtney appears to target young, white females with blond hair and blue eyes.

    Eggleston, who fits the profile, was 22 years old when she went missing in Portland. Her parents reportedly talked about six months ago with FBI agents.

    Courtney is currently in an Albuquerque jail on the New Mexico charges.

  3. #3
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    Jul 2004
    Police chief says that they case is under review. There are some similiarities. FBI agent has been assigned to cold case unit to assist with the investigation.
    Courtney was in Portland in 1993. Family talking about the FBI visit. Family says their DNA was taken about 6 months ago, and say they learned more about what happened, but they refuse to discuss what they learned. http://www.oregonlive.com/news/orego...900.xml&coll=7
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?

    "Just when the caterpillar thought its world was over, it became a butterfly" ~ Michelle Knight

  4. #4
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    Aug 2003
    Originally posted by Be Adequite!

    Missing/cold case- OR state- Katheryn/Katie Eggleston
    Katheryn/Katie Eggleston- Portland, OR


    I've always wondered if she met with foul play by someone she knew, at least on an acquaintance level. Her car was located less than a day after she disappeared, approx. 10 miles away from where she was last seen. There were no apparent signs of struggle- her purse and other misc personal belongings were left on the front seat.

    Her parents never believed the runaway theory that police suggested, and her father states that he believes Katie was murdered.

    More info here-

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    Jun 2010
    Portland, OR
    For some reason, this case has always stuck with me. It happened while I was in high school in Portland and I still think about it often. Would anyone be interested in taking a fresh look at it with me?
    All of my posts are my opinion only, unless a link is included.

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    Mar 2010
    Washington State
    I found a Charley Project listing for Katie:


    and Porchlight International:


    Hope these are both approved links!

  7. #7
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    Aug 2003
    portland, Ore
    Quote Originally Posted by dorothyz View Post
    For some reason, this case has always stuck with me. It happened while I was in high school in Portland and I still think about it often. Would anyone be interested in taking a fresh look at it with me?
    Hi Dorothy, Yes, I will help. Reading from that above link {second one} it says: 'a man to whom Eggleston had just made a sale saw her get off the building’s elevator in the company of a man wearing a blue blazer. He is described as having dark hair and a dark complexion.

    Courtney seems blonder than that to me, but who knows what he looked like then.

    There must be some reason they are zoning in on him in their investigation. I could call the person in charge of the investigation and tell them we want to Sleuth the case, and ask if there is anything they can give us, except for pulling out all the info on Courtney in 2003 which we can do ourselves.

    Victimology is so important in cases like this, as important as the profile of the perp. Why would this guy have chosen her? Would it have matched the circumstances of dear Brooke's abduction? I have always had a special spot in my heart for Brooke, maybe because she was somewhat of a local girl.

    They say that SK's commit a huge number of crimes before they settle into their MO as a multiple killer. I am sure he is well heeled in the art of abduction and murder IMO.

    As an example, we have a well respected poster here who had an incident with a man who turned out to be a SK in southern Washington State. He was a friend of her parents and the incident happened not long before { I might have that wrong and it was not long after that} this man killed a woman he had abducted in Aberdeen, throwing her away off a logging road where it would take a long time for her to be found. He was convicted of that lady's murder, but there are other unsolved and similar cases still open in that area, and a retired Detective from the area still working on putting all the dots in a row to solve them.

    Last edited by scandi; 01-08-2011 at 05:05 AM.

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    Jun 2010
    Portland, OR
    Thank you so much for the response, I just thought to check back here!

    Do you think they would give us anything related to their investigation? That would be so helpful! I followed this closely in the 90s but I want to go back and look at everything again. I think Courtney is a good place to start... like you said, I'm sure there's a reason he's the focus, and although I wish I could find more about Katie, I can see how there would be similarities between them.
    All of my posts are my opinion only, unless a link is included.

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    Oct 2014
    Cold Case: The disappearance of Katie Eggleston


    It’s been 22 years since Katie Eggleston disappeared. Decades later, mystery still surrounds the unsolved case.

    The search ended when clues and leads became dead ends after a few days. Days turned into weeks, months turned into years. It’s now been more than 2 decades, and the case of Katie Eggleston remains unsolved.

    “I think in the first couple of weeks there was optimisim that something would be found,” Lewis said. “[I] didn’t think this would go on for 22 years.”
    Eggleston’s friends say they’re still convinced they know what happened.

    “I really and truly believe that it was somebody she knew,” Jason Epple said. “Had it been a stranger, there would have been a big fight. There’s no way that somebody would have just grabbed Katie, hauled her off and killed her without a major fight.”

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    Sep 2012
    I feel like what was found could help us out immensely:

    Her car was found at midnight
    The keys were in the ignition
    The windows were rolled down
    The purse and all of it's contents were in the front seat
    They found no blood or sign of struggle

    It's obvious that the killer wanted her car to either get stolen or to have all of her stuff stolen. But if nothing had happened in the car then why didn't her abductor just leave it where it was? They also said that they saw a car similar to Katie's in the parking lot of where she was supposed to meet her boss, but that's not a concrete sighting.

    I don't know, what does the evidence say to all y'all?

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    Dec 2014
    Surrey, UK
    The following links to a copy of a Portland Tribune story on this case from 2003. It is probably the one linked in post #4 above, but I thought I would post since the earlier link no longer seems to work and the story provides a very comprehensive run through of not only the disappearance but also the exclusion of some suspects (such as the boyfriend) and a bizarre theory of what seem to have been wholly incompetent LE, linking the disappearance to a family court case involving tax evasion.


    However, even after reading I am not sure I am any clearer on what may have happened.

  12. #12
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    Aug 2012
    The gas station sighting is interesting-too bad there doesn't seem to be any corroborating surveillance video. LE seems to think the serial killer was involved, but no other information about that angle has been released.
    I am surprised this is the first I have ever heard about this case.

  13. #13
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    Aug 2012
    gas station sighting by attendant

    ".....he gave her directions to the airport and saw her drive northbound on 122nd Avenue in a car whose make he can't recall. A short time later, the same woman drove a different car a bluish-green Honda hatchback southbound on 122nd and back into the station. This time the woman was accompanied by two black men, one in the passenger seat, one in the back. She was also, contrary to her earlier, professional appearance, disheveled, partially undressed and crying.

    The former attendant, who declined to be identified for publication, told the Tribune he heard her say, 'Please, please,' to the men several times and thought that she did things, including driving extremely erratically, to attract attention.

    Shortly thereafter, he said, he saw Katie's picture on the news, connected it with the woman at the gas station and went to the police.

    The man's story stands out for three reasons.

    First, at a time when the detectives were telling the Egglestons that they had no leads, the man said Wagner (lead detective) made it clear she wasn't interested in his information about black suspects because police were looking for a white man, possibly with a Southern accent. This was an apparent reference to the anonymous caller who had told the Egglestons, in mid-August, that they would never find Katie because 'I killed her.'

    Second, the gas station where the witness worked is only four miles south, on 122nd, from the parking lot where Katie's Volkswagen was found.

    Third, the man said that the first time the woman came through, she had a thick, black book on the passenger seat. According to Allnet employee Carter, Allnet's sales binders were black and zippered, like 'minibriefcases.' When she came back, the book was gone, and one of the men was sitting in the Honda's passenger seat.

  14. #14
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    Oct 2009
    Just found out about this case and it reminds me eerily of another case I can't quite recall right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scriptgirl View Post
    Just found out about this case and it reminds me eerily of another case I can't quite recall right now.
    And we picked a fine time of the night to go back over these lol. I'd never heard either.
    Unless I provide a link, every one of my posts are to be considered rumor, Speculation, or simply MY OWN OPINION.

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