Emails Show Police Contacted Man Later Suspected of Murder

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) – Emails show police had prior contact with a man they would later arrested on suspicion of murder and had instructed him to return to a state mental health facility.

The Register Guard reports ( ) emails between Springfield Police Department and the Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board obtained by the newspaper show that police located Joshua Jaschke in December. Police later contacted mental health worker Kenneth Roders who asked police to release Jaschke.

Sgt. David Lewis says after first contact, the PSRB decided Jaschke would return to the hospital on his own.

Roders did not respond to requests for comment.

Records show Jaschke was being treated at Oregon State Psychiatric Hospital in Salem before police arrested him on suspicion of killing 51-year-old Spiros Steve Ghenatos and attempting car theft late March.



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