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Local educator found slain on Valentine's Day

Woman's daughter arrested in Oregon; domestic violence suspected

Posted: February 19, 2013 5:32 p.m.
Updated: February 19, 2013 5:32 p.m.
 

A former Valencia High School educator was shot and killed in Woodland Hills on Valentine’s Day and her daughter arrested in Oregon eight hours after the body was discovered, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

Caroline Sue Purviance, 61, who worked as a special education instructional assistant for Valencia and, earlier, Saugus high schools, was found dead inside a home on Mason Avenue in Woodland Hills on Feb. 14, Officer Sara Faden of the Los Angeles Police Department said Tuesday.

“On the 14th of February, at 8:15 p.m., Topanga officers responded to a residence in the 5600 block of Mason Avenue in Woodland Hills and found a female white, age 61, who was the victim of a gunshot wound,” she said.
“She was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Purviance, who just celebrated a birthday on Feb. 2, lived in Glendale, according to Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department.

“An autopsy was done on the body,” he said.

Early Friday morning, Oregon State Police troopers arrested her 24-year-old daughter, Laura Purviance, on suspicion of homicide at an Interstate 5 rest area north of Medford, Ore.

She was wanted in connection with the murder of her mother in Los Angeles, said Lt. Gregg Hastings of the Oregon State Police.

Detectives with the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division are assisting LAPD homicide detectives with their investigation, he said.

The younger Purviance was arrested by Oregon state troopers at 4 a.m. Friday in the Valley of the Rogue State Park rest area along Interstate 5, about 13 miles north of Medford and about 20 miles from the California state line.

According to LAPD Homicide Bureau Detective Dave Peteque, on Feb. 14 at about 8:15 p.m., LAPD officers responded to a 911 call of a murder.

“The LAPD homicide investigation identified the woman’s daughter as the suspect in what they described as domestic violence and not a random act,” he said in a news release.

The suspect was held in custody Friday night as a fugitive from justice in Jackson County Jail, he said.
On Tuesday afternoon, Laura Purviance appeared in Jackson County Circuit Court in Oregon to answer to a formal fugitive complaint filed by the District Attorney’s office, said Ann Canon.

“We’re holding her for the LAPD,” Canon said.

LAPD detectives were expected to arrive in Oregon to continue their investigation.

Caroline Sue Purviance, who lived for a while on Santa Clarita Road off Seco Canyon Road, was a parishioner of the Santa Clarita United Methodist Church on Bouquet Canyon Road.

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