Morbidology the Podcast – 36: Kaylee Sawyer

24th February 2020  •  5 min read

In summer of 2016, a string of crimes sent shock waves throughout the town of Bend, Oregon Even more shocking was that when the perpetrator was arrested, it was revealed that he was involved in the disappearance of a young woman.


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Bend is a picturesque former lumber town at the foot of the Cascade Range in Oregon. Over the years, the population of Bend has risen exponentially. People are drawn to the area by its warm climate, its hiking, skiing, fishing, and cycling opportunities as well as its breweries. But in summer of 2016, a string of crimes sent shock waves throughout the town. Even more shocking was that when the perpetrator was arrested, it was revealed that he was involved in the disappearance of a young woman.


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Sources:

The Bulletin, 25 July, 2016 – “Police Seek Missing Woman”

Associated Press, 26 July, 2016 – “2 Oregonians Arrested in California Shooting, Kidnapping”

The Bulletin, 26 July, 2016 – “Kaylee Sawyer Remembered By Friends for Ever-Present Smile”

The Bulletin, 26 July, 2016 – “Suspect Allegedly Fatally Struck Bend Woman With Bar”

Associated Press, 28 July, 2016 – “Woman’s Body Identified; Died By Blunt-Force Trauma”

The Bulletin, 4 August, 2016 – “Lara’ Lawyer Asks for Backup”

The Bulletin, 9 August, 2016 – “Suspect in Sawyer’s Death Seeks Extradition Hearing”

The Bulletin, 14 August, 2016 – “With Sawyer Killing, Questions Arise About COCC Campus Public Safety”

Associated Press, 15 August, 2016 – “Two-State Crime Rampage Leaves Many in Oregon Town Reeling”

The Bulletin, 17 August, 2016 – “Friends Fondly Remember Kaylee Sawyer”

The Bulletin, 26 August, 2016 – “Lara Pleads Not Guilty in Bend Court”

The Broadside, 13 October, 2016 – “President Metcalf Responds to Kaylee Sawyer Tragedy”

Associated Press, 25 October, 2016 – “Oregon DA Says Judge’s Gag Order Violates DA’s Free Speech”

The Bulletin, 23 March, 2017 – “Deschutes Judge Makes Right Decision on Open Trial”

The Bulletin, 30 April, 2017 – “Deschutes County Gag Orders Trouble Legal Experts”

The Bulletin, 14 June, 2017 – “City, COCC Reach Agreement on Campus Safety”

Associated Press, 18 June, 2017 – “Bend, Community College Outline Campus Public Safety”

The Bulletin, 10 July, 2017 – “Details Emerge in Bend Murder of Kaylee Sawyer”

The Bulletin, 12 July, 2017 – “Bend Police Officer Says Lara Admitted Killing Kaylee Sawyer”

The Bulletin, 13 July, 2017 – “Detective Testifies That Lara Was Eager to Talk”

The Bulletin, 14 July, 2017 – “Lara Hearing Brings Tears from Defendant”

The Bulletin, 15 July, 2017 – “Questions Remain After Week of Testimony in Murder Case”

Associated Press, 25 July, 2007 – “Family of Homicide Victim Sues Oregon Community College”

Associated Press, 22 January, 2018 – “Oregon College Safety Officer Pleads Guilty to Killing Woman”

The Bulletin, 22 January, 2018 – “Lara Pleads Guilty to Murdering Kaylee  Sawyer”

The Bulleting, 13 December, 2018 – “Two Years after Kaylee Sawyer’s Murder, Her Family Wants Campus Police to Change”

The Bulletin, 23 April, 2019 – “Senate Passes Kaylee’s Law in Emotional Session”

Audio Sources:

“Edwin Lara’s Facebook Live”

“Kaylee Sawyer’s Boyfriend Calls 911”

“911 Call Edwin Lara Turning Himself In”

“Kaylee Sawyer Investigation Team Coverage”

“Kaylee Sawyer’s Father Tells Her Horrific Story to Legislators”

“Kaylee Sawyer’s Friends Remember Her”

“Kaylee Sawyer’s legacy: ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go'”

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Thats sad
thank you for sharing

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