April 28 2017
The woman who died after jumping off of a Downtown Portland building on February 6, 2016, has been identified as 58-year-old Sonja Frederica Biorn-Hansen of Southwest Portland. The Medical Examiner determined that her death was a suicide.
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On Saturday February 6, 2016, at 12:46 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Southwest Yamhill Street, between 6th Avenue and Broadway, on the report that a woman jumped from a Downtown building and was deceased.
Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the woman and confirmed that she was deceased. The woman appears to be an adult, possibly 40 to 60 years old.
At this point, there is no indication of foul play. Witness information indicates that she either jumped or fell from at least the 5th floor of a nearby building.
Street traffic is not affected, however the sidewalk is closed as the investigation continues.
The Medical Examiner responded to the scene to conduct a death investigation.
Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.
The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888.
If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call (503) 963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.
Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at (800) 273-TALK (8255).
Information about the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) and additional resources can be found by visiting http://portlandoregon.gov/police/bhu