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Pair accused of murdering Portland man, abusing his corpse

Portland police say Peter Jirasek, 34, and Jessika Atkinson, 23, murdered 30-year-old Daniel Cohen, of Portland, and abused his corpse.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A man reported missing last April in Portland was found dead in Lane County. Now a man and a woman are charged with his murder.

They're also accused of abusing his corpse.

The suspects were each on parole or probation for previous crimes when they were arrested on Wednesday.

Peter Jirasek, 34, appeared on a monitor in a Multnomah County courtroom Thursday afternoon.

A few minutes later, Jessika Atkinson, 23, showed up in person. Both are currently being held at the Multnomah County jail.

Through their lawyers, they each pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

The judge ordered them to be held without bail.

Officers said the body of the victim, 30-year-old Daniel Cohen, was found in Lane County. They said his family in Portland reported him missing on April 7.

The suspects were arrested in the Beaverton area.

A police spokesman would not say what the motive for the crime was, nor would he say how the suspects knew the victim.

"(Detectives) have asked that no more information be released at this time to preserve the integrity of the investigation," Sgt. Chris Burley, a spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau, said via email.

Atkinson was on probation for methamphetamine and heroin possession at the time of her arrest. She was also previously convicted of theft.

Jirasek has previous convictions for burglary, theft and reckless driving.

Both are due back in court on Aug. 18.

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