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Investigators believe Cedar Mill stabbing victim was targeted

Investigators believe the 29-year-old Forest Grove woman who was stabbed to death at a Cedar Mill apartment complex on Tuesday, was likely targeted by her killer, and there is no ongoing threat to area residents.Photo Credit: KOIN-6 NEWS - Investigators are pursuing leads in the stabbing murder of Nicole Laube, 29, of Forest Grove. Laube was found unconscious on Tuesday just after 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the Cedar Mill apartment complex where she worked.

"Because it was such an unusual incident, we don't have information to lead us to believe there is a continued danger to the public," Sgt. Bob Ray, spokesman with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, said on Thursday afternoon. "We could be mistaken, but we didn't want the public to be unnecessarily alarmed any more than they already are."

Investigators are pursuing leads and seeking a suspect in the Tuesday evening stabbing murder of Nicole Laube, 29, of Forest Grove.

Laube was found lying on the ground in a parking lot of The Commons at Timber Creek apartments in the 12000 block of Northwest Barnes Road on Tuesday just after 5 p.m.

A neighbor reported that a female came to her and said she had been stabbed, and another resident called the sheriff’s office for assistance. Deputies found Laube unconscious and bleeding with multiple stab wounds in a grassy area between a parking area and Highway 26, Ray said.

Deputies administered emergency lifesaving assistance, but Laube, an employee of the complex since late July, was pronounced deceased shortly after.

"We believe she was hanging fliers on (apartment) doors for residents to re-up their leases as they were coming due," Ray said, noting it appears Laube had not worked at the complex long enough to be familiar to many residents.

Helmed by the sheriff’s office, an intensive manhunt with K-9s and more than 20 law enforcement personnel from surrounding agencies was unable to locate a suspect on Tuesday. No murder weapon has been located.

Investigators are trying to determine if Laube, described by neighbors and friends as a physically active person with an interest in bodybuilding, knew her attacker. Laube was married with four children, neighbors told KOIN 6 News, a Pamplin Media Group news partner.

An autopsy is underway as the murder investigation continues.

"We have canvassed and interviewed people from the apartment building and all around there," Ray said. "We don't have the manpower to knock on doors of every apartment, but we've made many calls and left messages. We're reaching out to the public as a whole. We're processing a large number of (calls). They're still coming in."

Social media pages portray Laube, the daughter of Pastor Rich Jones of Calvary Chapel Beaverton's Hillsboro campus, as a passionate advocate for health and fitness. A memorial service for Laube was held Wednesday evening at the chapel at 6550 S.E. Alexander St.

Calvary Chapel's Facebook page on Thursday featured a post that read, "Please pray for Pastor Rich, Jordi and their family, as well as for Nicole's husband, Chris, and their children during this time of mourning. Pray that the Lord would bring healing and peace."

A resident of The Commons at Timber Creek, told the Valley Times he had seen Laube around but didn’t know her personally. On Tuesday afternoon, about 10 minutes before he heard any sirens, the neighbor's dog "started barking like crazy."

"So she heard something, but I thought it was just the upstairs neighbors moving around," the resident told the Valley Times. "She just wouldn't stop barking."

The resident, who had greeted Laube a few times and said she "was nice," noted that fellow residents are uneasy in the wake of the violent tragedy.

“There’s some of us scaredy-cats who worry that the perpetrator may be a resident who simply stayed in his apartment after the incident,” he said. “We are worried because this happened in broad daylight, and as far as we know, nobody heard anything. It’s scary to think the place you live is the place where something like this can happen.”

Deputies, Ray said, "rarely go to" The Commons at Timber Creek on disturbance calls, particularly after the complex was remodeled about seven years ago.

"They really improved the rental requirements," he said. "It's not a place the sheriff's office frequents."

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 503-629-0111.

"It's really important that people call in," Ray said. "Even if it's a small piece of information that you may think is insignificant, it may be an important part of this case."



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