Loni Kai Okaruru – 5 of Hearts, Oregon

Loni Kai Okaruru made several stops on the morning of August 26, 2001, and interacted with several people, before she was beaten to death, her body left on a farm in Washington County, Oregon. Loni Kai’s murder was quickly labeled by police as a hate crime, but decades later her killer is still unknown.

5 of Hearts card, Loni Kai Okaruru

Courtesy of PortlandOnline.com/Police with card redesign by audiochuck staff

Episode Info

If you know anything about the murder of Loni Kai Okaruru in August 2001 in northwest Oregon, please call the Washington County Sheriff’s Investigations Division at 503-846-2500, and ask for Detective Shannon Wilde.

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