BEND, OR -- It’s been almost two months since the body of Evelyn Weaver was found inside her home on Northwest Hill in Bend, and still authorities have not named a suspect. "It’s a very active investigation," says Deschutes County District Attorney Steve Gunnels, "And the Bend Police detectives - all of them - are and have been involved in this investigation since the murder occurred."
Weaver was found murdered on July 18th. Her vehicle was discovered in Klamath Falls a few days later. Detectives have not released any details on what was found in the house or car, nor have they revealed Weaver’s cause of death. Gunnels tells KBND News, "The Oregon State Police Crime Lab is assisting in that investigation. We just had a meeting in my office with detectives and the crime lab last week, getting an update and kind of deciding some investigative paths we want to take." He adds, "I do believe this murder will be solved and that the perpetrator will be held accountable. But I can’t give you a timeline for it. Ultimately, we want the investigation to be as thorough and complete as possible."
Gunnels says the Weaver murder investigation is very different from that of a Redmond man recently killed in downtown Bend. The suspect in that case was arrested in Tennessee, less than two weeks after the shooting. "The people knew who the shooter was and were able to identify the shooter to law enforcement immediately. In the Evelyn Weaver case," says Gunnels, "that murder happened inside a home, there were no other witnesses other than the murderer and Ms. Weaver. So, investigators have to use forensic evidence, leads and interviews of people who potentially know the murderer."
For our full conversation with D.A. Gunnels, visit KBND's Podcast Page.