Lesley Kopp, 67, Cove, is the confirmed victim of Thursday morning’s homicide investigation.

La Grande Police Sgt. Jason Hays sent out the press release confirming her name on Friday afternoon after law enforcement held a briefing on the investigation. Kopp’s family has been notified.

Lesley is the wife of Orthopedic Surgeon James Kopp, who owns Dr. James Kopp, MD at 1902 Fourth Street in La Grande, where she was found.

Public information officers working in the Joint Information Center, which was set up when the investigation began, said Lesley Kopp was found on the property, but not necessarily in the office. They also would not say whether it was an employee who found her.

They would not answer whether there were drugs reported missing from the office.

The press release sent out by the LGPD states there is no information indicating ongoing threats to the public.

The PIO also said this is still being classified as a death investigation.

The investigation is ongoing and law enforcement is going through a methodical process which will take some time.

There are 25 people investigating this case, according to the PIO.

PREVIOUSLY: A homicide investigation is under way in La Grande after a 67-year-old woman was found deceased at 1902 Fourth St.

According to a press release from the La Grande Police Department, officers were called to the scene when the deceased woman was discovered inside the building Thursday morning.

LGPD Sgt. Jason Hays said any death investigation is termed as a homicide, but that does not necessarily mean murder.

“We really do not know (how the woman died),” Hays said Thursday afternoon. “The circumstances around the death are deemed suspicious, so we’re looking into them.”

Hays said the building where the body was found is occupied by several businesses.

“We do not have information at this time to lead us to believe there is a threat to the public,” Hays said, though he added he wants to keep that “flexible.”

Police were called to the scene shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday. Hays told The Observer law enforcement spent much of the day waiting to obtain a search warrant to collect evidence.

Hays said in order to obtain a search warrant, an affidavit has to be written by an investigator, which requires a great amount of detail about why the warrant is needed. Once that is drafted, it has to be authorized by a judge.

“The procedure takes a long time,” Hays said.

Investigators could not enter the crime scene until the warrant was issued at about 6 p.m. Thursday, according to a press release from Hays.

As of Friday morning, law enforcement had collected evidence and held a briefing that was at least two hours long, according to a release issued Friday morning.

As of press time, the victim’s name was still being withheld from the media pending family notification.

Investigators from LGPD, Oregon State Police and the Union County Sheriff’s Office are investigating this incident with assistance from the Oregon State Police Crime Lab, Union County District Attorney’s Office, Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office and the Union County Search and Rescue.

Additional information will be provided as it
becomes available.

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