HARRISBURG, Ore. — The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says a Eugene woman was killed by her longtime boyfriend, who then killed himself. Their bodies were found on a rural road in Harrisburg.
The family reported 34-year-old Jacqueline Marroquin missing to Eugene police on Monday night.
The Linn County Sheriff’s Office said they were notified once they determined the couple could be in Harrisburg.
Marroquin’s car was found the next morning, but it was too late. Investigators found her body Tuesday outside her vehicle in some brush on Tosta Road in Harrisburg.
Deputies found a machete at the scene, and about half a mile away, the body of Rolando De Paz, her boyfriend of 17 years and the father of her two children.
They say De Paz hanged himself.
Now Marroquin’s family is speaking out, saying this should have been prevented.
Marroquin’s daughter Stephanie received a text message Monday night from her mother, saying De Paz was acting strange.
Knowing her mother was trying to leave an abusive relationship, she called police and showed them the text message.
Marroquin’s sister-in-law says detectives didn’t act fast enough.
“When they receive a report with someone of a background, they should take them seriously because time counts a million dollars,” said Fabiola Marroquin.
We asked Eugene Police why a missing person report wasn’t released Monday night.
They say the couple was living together at the time, it wasn’t reported as a kidnapping, and there was no history of call to the house in the past.
Officers also say they delegated the case to a Spanish-speaking detective, who notified surrounding agencies.
The family knows there’s nothing they can do now to bring Jacqueline back, but they hope by speaking out they can help other women who are suffering in silence.
“My mom was a great mom. She always took care of us. We didn’t expect this to happen, to happen to her. We just want everyone suffering to get help,” said Stiffany Marroquin, Jacqueline’s daughter.