Oregon Homicide Investigators Association
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]
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]
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