PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — When federal public defense attorney Nancy Bergeson died November 24, 2009, there were no visible marks on her body found in the dining room of her Southwest Portland home.
It wasn’t until the autopsy 12 hours later that investigators learned the 57-year-old woman was killed. Investigators later determined there were signs Bergeson fought back against her attacker.
But in that half-day before the autopsy, there is a chance the crime scene was compromised before the medical examiner finally made his ruling.
No one has ever been arrested in the now 8-year-old case of the murdered attorney. The lost time in the investigation may be part of the reason the case remains unsolved.
Bergeson was well known for her work in the federal defenders office and the community. She was very involved in dragon-boat racing and local running events.
The FBI assigned an agent to monitor the investigation in case a link was found between the homicide and Bergeson’s role as a federal public defense attorney. Investigators have never said if they’ve established a correlation, and PPB remains the primary investigative agency.