Oregon Man Arrested after Police Find Parents Stuffed in Freezer

Jeremy Ringquist. Image-booking photo
Jeremy Ringquist. Image-booking photo

A Springfield, Oregon man, Jeremy Daniel Ringquist, 38, is in a Lane County jail today facing two counts of Aggravated Murder after he was arrested following the discovery of the bodies of his parents in the freezer in the home that the family lived in, Springfield Police Chief Rich Charboneau told reporters.

Police have not revealed the motive for the killings and they are awaiting the final determination by the Medical Examiner in that state.

Police went to the home in Springfield, approximately 110 miles south of Portland and attempted a welfare check on the family twice this month, but a note on the door said the family was away. But, then on Tuesday, while knocking again on the door, police received a call from a man trying to reach 911 and asking for a police negotiator. 

When Ringquist did not answer the door, police forced their way into the home, Ringquist was found to be bleeding from what appeared  to be self-inflicted knife wounds and was taken to the hospital via ambulance. Police would later find the remains of his parents, Randy and Karen Ringquist, stuffed in the freezer.

Police did not reveal the manner in which the elderly couple died.

After Ringquist was released from the hospital on Thursday, he was promptly arrested and jailed on the murder charges. He is to be arraigned on charges on Friday.