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(UPDATE) Happy Valley Man Cleared in Woman's Death

Detectives mistakenly arrested David Updike for Deborah Wallace's death.


(CLACKAMAS, Ore.) - (Editor's note: This story changed substantially today when a man arrested for the death of his longtime domestic partner was arrested for her Murder was released, after her autopsy was completed.)

Yesterday, we reported that a Happy Valley man was arrested after a death investigation involving a woman he had lived with for some time. We also reported via information from the Clackamas Sheriff's Office, that the man has an extensive criminal history.

Lieutenant Jeff Davis with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, says Saturday morning around 11:47 a.m. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to 8525 SE Orchard Lane, Space #27 in Happy Valley.

Deputies arriving on the scene from Clackamas County, reportedly discovered the body of 44-year old Deborah Sue Wallace.

Davis says Clackamas County detectives from the Homicide and Violent Crimes Unit were called out to take over the ongoing investigation.

Detectives arrested 42-year old David Ross Updike for the death of Deborah Sue Wallace, charging him with Murder.

Deborah Wallace and David Updike resided together at the home on SE Orchard Lane and had a domestic relationship, according to Davis.

Today, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office released new information regarding the death investigation of Deborah Sue Wallace.

"An autopsy of Deborah Sue Wallace was conducted by the office of the State Medical Examiner on February 21st, 2010 and the results of that autopsy are pending. Additionally, investigators executed a search warrant at the residence on February 21st, 2010. Upon further investigation, findings indicate that Wallace's death was not the result of homicidal violence. David Ross Updike has been released from the Clackamas County Jail."

Officials say the death of Deborah Sue Wallace remains under investigation with the cooperation of the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory and the office of the State Medical Examiner.

It is unfortunate that Mr. Updike had to endure this arrest and the information about his criminal past. In this case, we have modified the story to reflect the current facts, not leaving the previous information in place.

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gp February 22, 2010 8:54 am (Pacific time)

Thanks for the nice way you handled that. The guy is a victim of stereotyping. I have to tell you this little story that happened this week. There is a scruffy crew of 4 or 5 Gypsy kids and their Mom.They circulate about the ice cream stands and outdoor bars begging for change. Most of our local Gypsies are clean, well groomed and dress beautifully. Their gig is to sell small items like needles and cell phone cases. We also have a group or two that migrate in and out. The scruffy kids befong to one of those families. We were in the local feria or arts fair market listening to a pair of Argentines sing old rock and roll in English. We were enjoying them immensely. The SK's came up front and were not really listening to him them but eyeing their guitar case where the tips were piling up. Nobody seemed to pay much attention to the kids. You can guess were my mind was going as I watched them with my gramma hawk eye. Suddenly, one pitched a coin into the case and the crew vanished into the crowd. Not five minutes later, they returned and another pitched another coin into the case. When I managed to close my mouth which hung open in amazement, I walked over and gave the kids a small bill. I was really paying them off for my guilty conscience. Stereotyping is such an easy sin to fall into.

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