A longtime Oregon Department of Justice employee named Paula Heusinkveld was found dead at her Salem home Wednesday, according to DOJ spokesman Jeff Manning. Heusinkveld, 51, joined DOJ in June of 1989 and worked as a management assistant in the trial division.
Details around the death are few, which caused the deceased woman's boss, Trial Division chief counsel Cheryl Pellegrini to send out the following email to DOJ staff late Thursday afternoon:
All â in an effort to tamp down rumor and speculation, hereâs what is and is not happening:
1. The Salem Police Department is conducting interviews related to Paulaâs death.
2. One employee has been interviewed. More employees may be interviewed tomorrow or in the coming days.
3. There is no indication that any employee is the target of a criminal investigation related to Paulaâs death.
4. There is no indication that Paulaâs death involved foul play.5. The police may want to have access to Paulaâs office. If they do, I have consented.
Thatâs what we know. Please do not speculate about what may or may come of the police inquiry. We just donât know and the least helpful thing anyone can do right now is articulate what you or I may only fear as if it were grounded in fact.