Aloha teen found dead in murder-suicide

A sad end for an Aloha girl on the run with a man suspected of sexually abusing her played out on the trails of Forest Park.

A search team found two bodies off a trail near Pittock Mansion on Wednesday.  They were confirmed on Friday to be 15-year-old Annieka Vaughan and 23-year-old Zachary Petersen of Pasco, Washington.







Vaughan ran away from home on October 30th.  Authorities were concerned that she was with Petersen.  He called a crisis line and was said to be suicidal and possibly in possession of a firearm.

Petersen’s truck was found parked in a gravel parking lot at Portland’s Forest Park on Monday morning, November 6 with Annieka’s backpack inside.

Authorities say Petersen shot and killed Vaughn, and then killed himself.

— Jeremy Scott