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Episode 13: Help Me

Updated: Oct 4, 2019

Two children were pulled from the dark treacherous waters of the Willamette River just after midnight. How did they get there? Did they go swimming? Did they fall off a boat? Or were they thrown into the water? Join Emily and Alisha while they explore what happened that night and the heartbreaking case that left a broken family even more shattered and a city mourning the short life of an innocent child.



Amanda Stott-Smith, Courtesy of Multinomah County

Eldon and Trinity Smith, Courtesy of Willamette Weekly

Sketch of Eldon Smith, courtesy of Sabrina Trembley and To The Bridge

Jason and Trinity Smith



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Sources


To The Bridge

Nancy Rommelmann

Little A, New York Publishing


Philip J. Resnick 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5282617/


John Killen 

https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2009/06/police_release_time_line_in_th.html


Noelle Crombie

https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2009/05/two_children_found_in_willamet.html


Randy Rasmussen 

https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/2009/05/moans_led_boater_to_kids_who_w.html


Mary Hudetz

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/oregon-mother-had-history-of-domestic-assault/


Greg Bolt

https://www.registerguard.com/article/20090530/NEWS/305309998


KATU Staff

https://katu.com/archive/dedication-tuesday-for-rescue-boat-named-after-kids-thrown-off-bridge-11-19-2015


KOIN 6 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlwrFTHWyYY

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