The Bend Police Department is asking Tesla drivers to look at video surveillance captured by their vehicles as they investigate last month’s homicide of a woman found dead at her home.
Police want to see footage from Tesla’s Sentry Mode, a feature which uses the car’s external cameras to monitor and record activity. The clips are saved for later review and can be downloaded onto a USB drive inside the car. The feature activates when anything moves close to the vehicle while parked or driving.
It may be a longshot, but police say footage at the right time could be critical to cracking the case.
“We don’t want to leave any investigative options on the table,” Bend Police Communications Manager Sheila Miller said. “We recognize that there may not be any footage from a Tesla, but what if there is?”
Police are asking Tesla owners and drivers who may have been in Bend on July 14 between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to review their video. Specifically, they are looking for video that shows Weaver’s 2004 silver Honda CR-V with Oregon license plate 085BMP. They also want to find anyone walking in the 200 block of NW Hill Street.
Police are seeking video from the following areas:
- NW Florida Avenue between Chamberlain and Hill streets
- NW Chamberlain, Sisemore, Harriman and Hill streets between NW Florida Avenue and NW Arizona Avenue
- Southbound Bend Parkway
- SE Third Street
Anyone who finds video of interest is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Tommy Russell at 541-312-7955 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Everyone cares about safety in their community and about getting people who are dangerous off of the street,” Miller said. “You could be the key that we need to solve the crime.”
Weaver’s SUV was found in Klamath Falls two days after her body was found. But video surveillance showed the Honda in Klamath Falls at least three days before she was found. It also showed someone getting out of the vehicle.