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5th Person Linked To Convict Dies

A fifth person associated with a convict who carries the AIDS virus has died, authorities said.

Joan H. Phillips, 49, is among dozens of people who may have been infected by Randall Louis Ferguson, police and prosecutors said.

Phillips, of Camas, died of AIDS-related illness Friday at a local hospice.

She told Camas police in February that she had sex with Ferguson one night in 1986 or 1987. She met Ferguson, 36, while he was working as a bartender in a tavern across from the James River paper mill. She said she never saw him again.

Phillips was diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, in 1990.

Four others have died - including two of Ferguson’s former wives - after unprotected sex or sharing needles with the Camas native.

Ferguson remains healthy but behind bars in Multnomah County, Ore., awaiting sentencing on a couple of unrelated crimes.



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