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Couple is in Shock After Finding Out They Picked Up a Wanted Woman

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Raven Cutler, person of interest in Sage Trail Rd. Homicide. Raven Cutler, person of interest in Sage Trail Rd. Homicide.

UMATILLA, OR- An Oregon couple picked up Raven Cutler, a wanted woman, and gave her a ride before realizing who she was.  

Pure shock is what Barbara and Jerry Friend felt as they replayed the moments they met Raven Cutler.  Although nothing bad happened while she was with them, it is something they never want to face again. 

"We were coming home from the Tri-Cities.  We saw a woman down at the bridge.  We turned around and came back and noticed that she walked all the way from the bridge to up here.  Just out of kindness, we decided to give her a ride," said the Friends.

Little did they know, the couple picked up a wanted woman just outside Umatilla, and Raven Cutler sat right in their back seat.  Cutler told them her name was "Jenny" and that she was tired and from the Seattle area.  She said she was trying to get to her grandmother's house in Albany, Oregon and that her grandfather died.   Cutler carried two backpacks and wore two sets of clothing. 

"It was nerve-wracking.  I was watching the backpacks and thinking what would I do if she made a fast move," said Barbara Friend.

They drove her to a truck stop in Hermiston 10 miles away and gave her $5. 

"When we let her out, we told her we'd pray for her and she said, 'I'd really appreciate that,'" said Jerry Friend.

A clerk at the One Stop Mart in Hermiston also remembered Cutler.

"She was one that kind of made you nervous being around," said Bill Shipp, store clerk.

Cutler stayed at the store a few hours, falling asleep at one of the tables until she was told to leave.  After that, she was never seen in the area again, until her face showed up on the news. 

The couple and clerk remember her tattoos. 

"It makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up," said Shipp.

The couple said they will think twice before giving out rides.

"This is the last time," said the Friends.

The couple is relieved nothing happened to them and they said next time they will use more caution.  It was one ride they will always remember.
 

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