Jeffrey Griffin Boyce, arrested on kidnapping, carjacking charges
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SAN RAFAEL, Calif. —
An inmate found hanged in a jail in San Rafael was the suspect in the slaying of an Oregon woman and two other carjacking-related cases, a newspaper reported Monday.
Jail officials told the Marin Independent Journal that the inmate was Jeffrey Boyce, 30, who in addition to the Oregon slaying was being held on suspicion of a carjacking in Rohnert Park and an attempted carjacking of a woman in Mill Valley.
Boyce was found dead at the Marin County Jail on Friday.
Police said Boyce carjacked and briefly held captive a man in Rohnert Park, and then tried to carjack a woman at a shopping center in Greenbrae. He was arrested in April after he was found pounding on the door of a home near the shopping center.
Boyce was also a suspect in the slaying of 57-year-old Castro Valley-resident Kirsten Englund in Oregon, whose body was discovered April 28 along U.S. Highway 101 at Wayfinding Point, a coastal lookout spot about 20 miles from Boyce's home in North Bend.
The newspaper reported that Boyce had been on suicide watch because he tried to hang himself following his arrest. Hearings in the case had been postponed multiple times because of his mental condition.
Boyce suffered from bipolar disorder, his mother told authorities, and had a psychotic break. She said he was driving from Oregon to San Francisco to seek asylum at the Russian consulate.
The Marin County Sheriff's Office turned the investigation over to the San Rafael Police Department and the Sonoma County coroner's office for an independent inquiry.
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