GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — Just after 3 a.m. on June 10, 2016, Annastasia Hester called 911 after she was stabbed at the Eastpark Apartments in Gresham.
When officers arrived, they said they found the 36-year-old woman suffering from multiple stab wounds. She was too severely injured to tell police who attacked her. Despite being rushed to a nearby hospital she died a little later.
The Eastpark Apartments at 193 Southwest Eastman Parkway are not far from the Springwater Corridor Trail. Officers conducted an area search with a police K-9 unit off and on throughout the day. Crews combed through areas of the nearby Springwater Trail for clues, at times on their hands and knees cutting away dense blackberry bushes. A helicopter was brought in to help the manhunt.
‘It breaks my heart Alice won’t know her mommy’
It’s been a long, devastating year for the family of Annastasia Hester, who went by Ann.
“Ann’s murder was brutal. I would hate another mother to have to do what we’ve had to do,” her mother, Beth McBride, told KOIN 6 News. “I don’t have the words for how bad it is or how bad it’s been.”
Detectives said the case is far from cold but it does remain unsolved.
Asked if he thinks the killer is a stranger or someone she knew, Detective Brandon Crate said, “We’re not sure. We haven’t ruled out either at this point.”
McBride said she really hoped “we’d have something before now.”
Ann “was a good person. She really was. I don’t understand how anybody would want to do this to her.”
She worked at a call center, did some face painting, but her biggest passion was being a mom. She left behind a little girl, Alice, who is now 5.
“It breaks my heart that Alice won’t know her mommy. My daughter should have lived a long life, she should have been there to raise her daughter. And she’s not.”
“They took someone out of this world who deserved to be here. She had a little girl that needed her to raise her,” McBride told KOIN 6 News. “I don’t know how the hell they could live with themselves. I don’t know how they can sleep at night.”
The family wants anyone with information to step forward and tell the police.
“Whoever did this has to be found,” she said. “Has to be.”
Now, Crime Stoppers of Oregon is offering a reward up to $2500 for information that may lead to an arrest in this case.