Double Murder Case Turns Cold

A double homicide in northeast Portland’s Hazelwood Neighborhood has gone unsolved for four years and police are asking the public’s help to help solve it.

On Oct. 30, 2014, police and emergency medical personnel entered a residence on Northeast 114th Avenue to check on a couple living there and found Jerry Ephrem and his wife, Helen Ephrem, deceased due to “homicidal violence,” police said. Both victims were 65 years old.

The investigation has yet to uncover suspect information or a reason why anyone would want to hurt the victims.

The police, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, are asking for any leads to an arrest, which can be submitted anonymously and could result in a cash reward of up to $2,500.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube should be shared to help police identify any suspects. Submit a secure and anonymous tip via the P3 Tips smart phone app, online at, or call 503-823-HELP (4357).