A 39-year-old man was found dead Sunday in his northeast Spokane home and police believe it may be a homicide.
Spokane police officers were called to the home at 2617 E. Sharp Ave. about 4 p.m. after the victim’s parents called for a welfare check.
The family said they had not seen the victim, whose name was not released, since 6 p.m. Friday.
Officers made forced entry into the home, where they found the body of the man in a bedroom. The cause of death is still under investigation, but detectives did find “multiple items with blood on them that could be weapons,” said Lt. Dave McGovern.
Detectives are seeking the public’s help in locating the victim’s 17-year-old daughter who apparently lived at the home. Jacqueline Wortham, who also goes by Jacqueline Ford, had been listed as a runaway until recently, police said. The girl’s grandparents had allegedly returned her home Friday, according to police. Police would like to question the teen. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts should call 911 or the police tip line 242-TIPS.
Hospitalized infant dies of injuries
Six-month-old Nevaeh Alana Miller died Saturday night after she was taken Thursday to Sacred Heart Medical Center. Her mother’s, 22-year-old boyfriend, Jereme J. Bassett, has been charged in connection with the assault. That charge is now likely to be amended to first-degree murder, according to Spokane Police Officer Mike Carr.
Nevaeh, which is heaven spelled backward, suffered injuries that one doctor said could have only come as a result of abuse, according to court records.
The case started Thursday as Bassett was babysitting Nevaeh and an 8-year-old brother in room 221 of the West Wynn Motel. Bassett apparently was dating the girl’s mother, Jennifer Wilcox, who was at work at the time.
According to court records Bassett called Wilcox at about 3 p.m. Thursday to say that Nevaeh had fallen off a bed and cried for about 15 minutes. However, Bassett said Nevaeh was napping and she appeared to be fine.
Another man, Shawn Prewitt, and his 17-year-old stepdaughter arrived to the motel and both told police that Bassett appeared to be “scared and anxious,” according to court records.
While Nevaeh was lying unresponsive, Bassett and his visitors smoked marijuana, Sgt. Joe Peterson said in a Friday interview.
Wilcox, the girl’s mother, came home at about 5 p.m. and called 911.
Company pulls back cut cantaloupe product
A business official from Charlie’s Produce in Spokane said Sunday that it is recalling packages of cut cantaloupe after the Food and Drug Administration issued an alert that the melons from a Honduran company could be linked to a salmonella outbreak.
At least 50 people in 16 states have become ill from eating cantaloupes from Agropecuaria Mentelibano.
An official from Charlie’s Produce said its recall applies to cantaloupe products it sold in Eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana. The packages have a use-by date of March 7 through March 29.
The company official also said it has received no reports of any illnesses.
– Staff and wire reports
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