Hazelwood couple’s 2014 murder still unsolved

Jerry and Helen Ephrem, both 65, were found dead in their home

An undated photo of Jerry and Helen Ephrem (Courtesy photo)
An undated photo of Jerry and Helen Ephrem (Courtesy photo)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The murder of a Hazelwood neighborhood couple in 2014 remains unsolved.

The bodies of Jerry and Helen Ephrem, 65, were found inside their NE Portland house on Oct. 30, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
The bodies of Jerry and Helen Ephrem, 65, were found inside their NE Portland house on Oct. 30, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Jerry and Helen Ephrem, both 65, were found dead in their home in the 600 block of NE 114th Avenue on October 30 2014.

The Ephrems had lived in their home for about 30 years and police said they still haven’t found any known reason why anyone would want to hurt them.

Police have no witnesses and no new information from neighbors or family. That’s because, they say, the Ephrems come from a tight-knit cultural group, sometimes called the Romas, of Romanian ethnic background.

“Culturally they felt targeted,” PPB Sgt. Pete Simpson said Friday. “Just worry about why would someone go after these people, will they be coming for us now.”

KOIN 6 News reached a close relative of the Ephrems on Friday, but that relative said they’re still a bit fearful to share their thoughts and show their faces on TV.

But not a day goes by when they don’t think about the murder and that whoever did it deserves to be in the electric chair, the relative said.

“We could never really evaluate whether or not this was targeted to a culture and these 2 were victims,” Simpson said. “Or, it was targeted towards these 2 individuals for some reason we just haven’t discovered yet.”

If you have any information about the murder, Text CRIMES (274637) – type 823HELP, followed by the tip. You can also submit one online or call 503.823.HELP (4357).