GRESHAM, Ore. – The mother of an 18-year-old woman whose body was found in a Gresham storage unit told KGW her daughter was four months pregnant when she was murdered.
Anisa Swearingen had been reported missing on July 18 and her body was found in the Gresham storage unit three days later.
On Thursday, police also announced an arrest in the case. Ron Marcus, 56, of Portland, had rented the storage unit and he was their prime suspect in the homicide. He was arraigned in court on Friday.
Police have not elaborated on any possible motive.
Swearingen’s body was found on July 21st at the Money Saver Mini Storage at 19215 NE Halsey. Sgt Claudio Grandjean with the Gresham Police Department said the manager of the facility opened the door to investigate a foul odor and found the dead woman, then called 911.
The body had been decomposing, investigators said. An autopsy followed, as part of the investigation.
Background: Body found in Gresham storage unit
KGW Reporter Katherine Cook contributed to this report