On Wednesday August 20, 2014, at 8:09 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 5100 block of Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard on a welfare check.
The reporting party was concerned for the welfare of 43-year-old Derek Jordan Rieth after not hearing from him for several hours.
Officers arrived at the residence and located Mr. Rieth deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, which appeared to be an intentional act. A shotgun was located at the scene and seized as evidence.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and confirmed that Rieth died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and ruled the death a suicide.
Rieth was a member of the music group Pink Martini. (Far right in picture)
This information is being released due to significant media interest in the case.
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 from7:00 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 (503) 972-3456.