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Engels house will go on the auction block

Site of 2012 murder-suicide will be sold Sept. 15 on the steps of the Yamhill County Courthouse


The site of tragedy in Dundee is now for sale.

The former home of Randall and Amy Engels at 1325 S.W. Charles St. will be sold in a sheriff’s sale Sept. 15.

On July 4, 2012, Randall Engels shot and killed his estranged wife Amy and their two children — Bailey, 13, and Jackson, 11. He then shot and killed himself.

In the days after, it was revealed Amy Engels had filed for divorce the month prior and asked for a temporary custody order because she considered her husband dangerous. Although the order was denied by Circuit Judge Cal Tichenor, she cited him as an “immediate danger.”Photo Credit: GARY ALLEN - Grim reminder - The family home of Randall and Amy Engels will be auctioned off at a Sheriff's Sale Sept. 15 in McMinnville. The property was the site of a murder-suicide July 4, 2012.

“My husband has threatened to steal them and not return them,” she wrote in an affidavit. “He has threatened to hurt them. He yells at them and makes them feel nervous.”

The murder-suicide was discovered after a caller alerted the Newberg-Dundee Police Department to a troubling Facebook post made by Randall Engels that day reading “If she’s gone I can’t go on.”

Before killing his family, he created a fake persona to text message his wife in the two weeks leading to their death. According to a report released after the investigation closed in August 2012, Randall Engels called himself “Brian” and encouraged Amy to work things out at home. This continued until July 3 when she made it clear she wouldn’t reconcile the marriage. That same day she met with her husband for lunch and apparently discussed her intent to follow through with the divorce.

The family home is now being sold by CitiMortgage, who controls the foreclosure. When the auction begins on the Yamhill County Courthouse steps at 10 a.m. not much information will be disclosed about the property. Tammy Runyon, the Yamhill County Sheriff’s deputy responsible for civil matters, said the office isn’t required to pass on any information to prospective buyers. In fact, the county isn’t told anything about the location either. In some states, sellers are required to disclose if an incident such as a crime occurred on a property, but in Oregon, that detail is left as an option.

The sale details can be viewed online at www.oregonsheriffs.com/sales-yamhill.htm.