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Oregon Homicide Investigators Association

The Relentless Pursuit of Justice

OHIA Executive Board of Directors


Special Agent in Charge Rich Austria

Rich Austria has been in law enforcement for 38 years. He spent the first 9 years of his career with the Honolulu Police Department in Hawaii from 1982-1991. He was hired by the Portland Police Bureau in 1991. He was then promoted to Sergeant in 1998. From 2000 to 2006, he worked as a Homicide Detective. He was briefly transferred as Sergeant in charge of the Sexual Assault Detail. After one year in the Sexual Assault Detail, Rich was given the opportunity to transfer back to Homicide where he served until his retirement from PPB in October 2016. He then began a new career with the Oregon Department of Justice as a Special Agent in Charge (SAC). 

SAC Austria has been a member of OHIA since its inception in 2009. He has been a member of the OHIA Advisory Board and has served on the Executive Board of Directors as the Vice President. SAC Austria was elected OHIA's President in 2014. 

You may contact SAC Austria by e-mail at [email protected]

Vice President:

Deputy Chief Justin Ivens

Deputy Chief Justin Ivens has been with the Medford Police Department since 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Western Oregon State University. 

Deputy Chief Ivens’ prior assignments have included being a Community Service Officer, Patrol, Gang and Street Drugs Officer, and Investigations. After 13 years as a Detective in Criminal Investigations, Ivens was promoted to Sergeant in 2016. In 2017, Ivens accepted a promotion to Lieutenant before being promoted to Deputy Chief in 2019.

He was one of the founding members since the association began in 2009. Deputy Chief Ivens was an Advisory Board Member for OHIA until being elected Vice President in 2014.

You may contact Deputy Chief Ivens by email at [email protected]


Forensic Scientist Chrystal Bell

Chrystal Bell is Director of Forensic Services for the Oregon State Police. She has been with OSP since 2001 and spent 12 years working as a forensic biologist and crime scene examiner. She has been involved in hundreds of death investigations across the states of Oregon. She also served as a Technical Leader for crime scene investigations and worked on the human DNA identification project for victims killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001.

Chrystal has been a member of OHIA since 2013 and served on the Advisory Board prior to becoming the OHIA Secretary in 2015.

You may contact Chrystal at [email protected] 


DDA Shannon Sullivan

Coming Soon!

You may contact DDA Sullivan at [email protected]

OHIA Advisory Board

Sergeant Brad O'Dell

Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Detective Gabe Burchfiel

Jackson County Sheriff's Office

Sergeant Jeff Proulx

Oregon State Police

Sergeant Eric Henderson

Lincoln City Police Department

Analyst Jill Hatten

Medford Police Department

Detective Travis Hill

Molalla Police Department

Detective Brad Robertson

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

DDA Nathan Vasquez

Multnomah County District Attorney's Office

Detective Crystal Hill

Milwaukie Police Department

Detective Aaron Turnage

Gresham Police Department