Police seek possible witness of woman found dead along south Salem street 

Detectives are seeking the public’s help to find a driver who may have seen a 28-year-old Salem woman shortly before she was found dead on a south Salem street.

Salem police have provided no details about the death of Carla F. Vasquez, only describing it as suspicious. The agency said last week that it had not concluded the circumstances surrounding her death.

Vasquez was found dead on Thursday, May 23, just before 2 a.m. in the 1000 block of Southeast Rural Avenue. The street runs next to South Salem High School’s athletic fields.

Surveillance video near the area showed a driver heading east on Rural Avenue and passing Southeast Church Street minutes before someone called police to report that a woman was lying in the roadway, according to the Salem Police Department.

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The Salem Police Department asked anyone with information to call detectives at 503-588-8477.

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Police described the vehicle as light-colored, possibly a van or a mid-size, crossover SUV.

“Detectives ask for the public’s help in locating this potential witness,” Salem police said in a news release on Friday.

They urged the driver as well as anyone who knows them or has information about the case to call detectives at 503-588-8477.

Carla Vasquez, 28, was found dead in the 1000 block of Southeast Rural Avenue near South Salem High School on Thursday, May 23 just before 2 a.m. (Google Maps)


Police continuing to investigate “suspicious death” of woman found along south Salem street

Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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Ardeshir Tabrizian has covered criminal justice and housing for Salem Reporter since September 2021. As an Oregon native, his award-winning watchdog journalism has traversed the state. He has done reporting for The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly and Malheur Enterprise.