Car fire victim’s death in Wilkes ruled homicide


No information yet on suspect(s)

An undated photo of Huarleen Bain, who was killed October 23, 2020. He was 40. (Photo released October 29, 2020)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A deadly car fire from Friday night in the Northeast Portland neighborhood Wilkes has been ruled a homicide, according to Portland Police Bureau investigators.

Just before 11 p.m. officers along with Portland Fire & Rescue crew members responded to an area near NE 148th Avenue and NE San Rafael Street following reports of the fire. Upon their arrival, responders determined the occupant of the vehicle was deceased.

On October 29, the victim was publicly identified by investigators as 40-year-old Huarleen Bain.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy and determined Bain’s death was a homicide.

No information on a suspect or suspects have been released.

Homicide detectives have urged anyone with information contact Detective William Winters at 503-823-0466 or Detective Anthony Merrill at 503-823-4033.

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