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Oct 24,2007
Elderly Prineville couple’s suicide may be linked to mortgage foreclosure
by Cheryl McDermott

Deputies believe that failing attempts to save their home following the receipt of a mortgage foreclosure notice may have led to the suicide of an elderly Prineville couple, discovered dead yesterday afternoon from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning.

Crook County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 4800 NE Mill Creek Road about 1 p.m. in response to a welfare check request made by neighbors when the couple failed to answer the door and several of their dogs hadn’t been seen, Sgt. Travis Jurgens reported. 

When deputies arrived on scene, they found someone had used a dozer to move a steel fifth-wheel frame to block the driveway, located about 200 yards from the home.  They also found a 1981 Cadillac running inside the locked garage, the sergeant said.  Deputies broke inside and discovered the inside door to the tri-level residence had been propped open with a rock.

The bodies of 71-year old Raymond Donaca and his wife Deanna, 69, along with their four deceased golden retrievers were found inside.

“At this time it is believed that the Donaca’s committed suicide after attempts to save their home following a foreclosure notice left them believing they had few options,” Sgt. Jurgens said.

Although deputies and fire personnel took precautions to alleviate the presence of deadly fumes by turning off the vehicle, opening the garage doors, and using a large fan and breathing apparatuses, two sergeants and one deputy suffered ill effects and were treated and later released from Pioneer Memorial Hospital.
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  • Long Beach Mortgage has a long history of complaints and lawsuits in Caifornia. Just look a some of these: http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/housing/documents/longbeachcomp.htm www.corp.ca.gov/pressrel/04/corp/nr0424.htm http://books.google.com/books?id=9i178pRGq88C&pg=PA39&lpg=PA39&dq=long+beach+mortgage+complaint&source=web&ots=4ocuFaqqCa&sig=WBuN2scjdn3DIXxAdD7uI-R5Xdo
  • (Posted on October 29, 2007, 9:56 am Long Beach Mortgage Complaints)

  • In case you are interested in who the lender who foreclosed was: it's Long Beach Morgage Company, the subprime subsidiary of Washington Mutual.
  • (Posted on October 27, 2007, 3:13 pm Ron Collins)

  • Ray and Deanna were my aunt and uncle. I live in Portland and was not aware of the problems they were having. One thing the papers have neglected to say, is they are from a pioneer Prineville family, and the land their home is on has been in the family for well over 100 years. They must have incurred a mortgage when they built a new home on the property, as the land was given to them by my grandmother. As for their financial problems, a large part of that is from medical bills. Because they were self-employed, they did not have access to affordable medical insurance. Raymond had heart problems. I guess their situation seemed insurmountable, as I can only imagine facing homelessness at 70 years old after having been born, raised and lived on the same land all of that time. They never had any children and loved their pups. Deanna had a pilot's license and loved to fly. They were both hardworking in their contract business for the Forest Service. They really deserve better than this. And yes, I am going to look into happened. Ron C
  • (Posted on October 26, 2007, 10:42 pm Ron Collins)

  • I think the Prickville Police should consider charging their mortgage broker with criminally negligent homicide.
  • (Posted on October 26, 2007, 9:41 am Bendeho)

  • what a very sad story :(
  • (Posted on October 26, 2007, 12:01 am jill)

  • What a tragic ending for these two elderly people. I'm sure the both of them were outstanding US citizens their entire lives. Its a shame that our goverment bails out welfare babies who have homes in forclosure, but ignore others based on their income status. I would also love to find out the name of the lender who was forclosing on their home and why they didn't bother to educate them on a reverse mortgage program...
  • (Posted on October 25, 2007, 12:14 pm raymond)

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