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Shortly after Ashley Pond, 12, and Miranda Gaddis, 13, disappeared from their Oregon City apartment complex, Ward Weaver III was a prime suspect in the investigation, but it took the FBI eight months to get a search warrant that eventually turned up their bodies on Weaver's property.

The problems for investigators were that they were awash in possible suspects -- some 28 suspects that lived in the same apartment complex could not be ruled out -- and for months authorities had no real evidence that a crime had been committed.

It was not until Weaver attacked another woman who was visiting his home that the FBI was able to obtain a warrant to search his property.

For the first time, FBI agents have revealed the challenges they faced in the investigation to the Portland Tribune's Jim Redden in his article, " FBI Ends Silence on Weaver Case" published Jan. 27, 2006. “The investigation will be with us forever. It is something we will never forget,” FBI Special Agent Len Opanashuk told Redden.

Read the Interview:
FBI Ends Silence on Weaver Case

Background:
Ward Weaver lll: A Life of Brutality
The Ward Weaver Case
Profile of Ashley Pond
Profile of Miranda Gaddis

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