UPDATE: Couple found dead were recently engaged

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter and Patty Hastings, Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith



Vancouver police are investigating the deaths of a newly engaged couple whose bodies were found Wednesday evening in a residence in the Image neighborhood.

Robert G. Hedgers, 51, and Cheryl L. Honey, 57, were found dead at their Vancouver house, 3207 N.E. 135th Ave. Police were called to the residence at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

“This is very shocking,” said Honey’s daughter, Emma Sims, 21, of Portland. “Its very hard for all of us.”

Brad Oiser, who lives across the street, said the couple had moved in just a month ago, but he hadn’t met them yet. Shortly after moving in, Hedgers proposed to Honey on her birthday, March 29, Sims said. They were really happy, she said, and the wedding was set for July 6.

The couple previously lived in Long Beach, where they started dating about a year and a half ago, and then moved to Vancouver when Hedgers got a job working maintenance for Christensen Yachts.

Before they met, Hedgers was charged with second-degree trespass in 2010. He also had a restraining order filed against him in 2002 for allegedly committing acts of domestic violence, including threatening to shoot the petitioner’s truck, according to Pacific County court documents.

Honey, a mother of four, originally hails from Corvallis, Ore. She received a Washington State Jefferson Award for public service in 2007, the Seattlepi.com reported, and was the founder of the Family Support Network International and Community Weaving, a coalition of people who start family support networks in communities around the globe.

“She was a very spectacular woman,” Sims said.

Investigators are awaiting results of an autopsy, set for Friday, to determine how the couple died.

Detectives do not believe there are any outstanding suspects, said Kim Kapp, Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman.

The Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit is investigating.

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