Local girl ID'd as Portland slaying victim

Mayra Sophia Cruz Rodriguez found dead in park

PORTLAND, Ore. - A young female killed in Portland's Washington Park earlier this year was identified Monday as a 15-year-old girl from San Diego County.

Portland police investigators said Mayra Sophia Cruz Rodriguez was identified through dental records.

Detectives learned Cruz was visiting relatives in Vancouver, Wash., when she was reported as a runaway on June 15, 2012. She had earlier been reported as a runaway in San Diego County,

Her body was found in the park June 26, and investigators charged Mark Beebout with murder, rape, sodomy and sexual abuse. He has pleaded not guilty.

Beebout, a transient and registered sex offender, has also pleaded not guilty to the killing of a Portland woman he met through her volunteer work with a charity for the homeless
 

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