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Phone Stolen from Child of Murder Victim on Christmas Night

It is hard to be one step ahead when you don’t think like a thief.

Jessie Doyle Cavett
The late Jessie Doyle Cavett, and her two daughters last year. Photo courtesy of Kondash/Doyle family.

(SALEM) - Last night, the Grinch showed up in Redmond, Oregon. On Christmas night, a precious little girl who recently lost her mother had her phone, gifts and personal belongings stolen from the family’s vehicle.

27-year old Jessie Doyle Cavett was murdered by her estranged husband on October 12, 2013. Her two children were at the scene, and daughter Peyton was able to call for help. That is an amazing feat in itself, rising above the trauma and finding the rational thought to immediately use the phone. It was especially mature for someone her age.

Peyton is five. A five-year-old that doesn’t need any more tragedy and heartache.

Her Christmas hasn’t been complete without her mom, and scrolling through her photos on the phone has been a much appreciated outlet. She loves to look at the pictures of her mommy.

“For Christmas, Peyton wanted to go see Mommy,” her dad, Brian Kinney said. “We talked for a bit and she got happier.” She feels closer to her mom, when she has her pictures. Some were backed up, but not all, and it is a great loss to the family.

In the hullabaloo of Christmas, the phone was overlooked and left in the vehicle, locked. Their truck was ransacked. Jackets, sweatshirts, toys, cash and personal items were all lifted from a family that needs the comfort of their community, not to be abused at the hands of thoughtless criminals.

"The i-phone you stole from my daughter was her way of looking at pics of her mommy. There were voicemails on that from her mommy as well," Kinney said in a facebook message, reaching out to the thieves.

Jessie’s story made national headlines. It was a shocking tragedy for the city of Gresham, and the state of Oregon, as a domestic abuse situation turned from horrible all the way to nightmarish. The perpetrator, father of Jessie’s younger daughter, grabbed the toddler when he left the scene, leaving Peyton alone with her mother. She was later found, unharmed. Big sister Peyton has been through enough, something a thief would not have considered.

If anyone has knowledge of the items, the family would especially appreciate the return of Peyton’s phone, which has a cracked screen. These tangible things are valuable, and we hope will be found and brought back to their rightful owners. The intangibles will be much harder to restore, but it is worth the effort. For Peyton.

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Anonymous December 27, 2013 10:18 am (Pacific time)

I hope it was reported stolen. If anyone tries to activate a stolen phone it's policy that the store keeps the phone and calls police.

Matt Johnson December 26, 2013 4:25 pm (Pacific time)

Tragic story, the last thing this family needs, thank you for carrying this, I hope someone comes forward.

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