Pair charged with murder of missing Portland man

Jessika Atkinson and Peter Jirasek accused of murdering Daniel Cohen

Peter Jirasek, Jessika Atkinson, August 10, 2017 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
Peter Jirasek, Jessika Atkinson, August 10, 2017 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The body of a man missing since April was found in Lane County and 2 people arrested in Beaverton were charged with his murder.

Peter Jirasek in his first Multnomah County court appearance on a murder charge, August 10, 2017 (KOIN)
Peter Jirasek in his first Multnomah County court appearance on a murder charge, August 10, 2017 (KOIN)

Daniel Cohen of Portland hadn’t been seen since April 7, police said. At some point during the investigation, his body was found in Lane County and an autopsy revealed his death was a homicide.

As investigators kept working the case, Jessika Atkinson and Peter Jirasek were identified as suspects. On Wednesday, they were arrested on unrelated warrants in Beaverton and then taken to the Multnomah County Jail.

Jessika Atkinson in her first Multnomah County court appearance on a murder charge, August 10, 2017 (KOIN)
Jessika Atkinson in her first Multnomah County court appearance on a murder charge, August 10, 2017 (KOIN)

Atkinson, 23, faces murder and probation violation. Jirasek, 34, was charged with murder.

Records show Jirasek was first convicted when he was 20 and in the ensuing years he’s been convicted for 2 felonies, 6 misdemeanors and 5 probation violations.

Atkinson has been convicted of 2 felonies, one misdemeanor and has 2 probation violations. Among her crimes are heroin and meth possession. Both of them are also charged with abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence charges.

Officials did not disclose how or when 30-year-old Cohen died, but did say the investigation is ongoing.

Daniel Cohen in a 2014 mug shot from Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Daniel Cohen in a 2014 mug shot from Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office