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First Repp call went awry

A 911 call came from the home hours before Kerry Repp's body was found

A 911 call from Kerry Repp's father when he found his daughter dead in her home was not the first clue that something was wrong at the Repps' Central Point home.

But the first call for help that day was ignored.

Gary Marvin Repp Jr., an Oregon State Police trooper in training, was charged with his wife's murder in May. Kerry Michele Repp was found shot to death the afternoon of May 4 in the couple's home on Hazel Street. Kerry Repp was about three months pregnant, police have said.

Investigators would not reveal who made a 911 call from the Repp home hours before Kerry Repp's body was found, nor what dispatchers heard on the line. The female dispatcher who answered the call, however, did not send an officer to the residence.

It is our policy that when an address does come up, under certain circumstances when we can't determine the nature of the call, we'll send someone out, said Medford police Lt. Mike Moran.

Central Point police are dispatched by Medford Police Department's Central Communications (CCOM), which also answers the city's 911 calls.

Yet even if officers had responded the first time, they couldn't have saved Kerry Repp because of the nature of her injuries, Moran said.

The 29-year-old mother of two young sons was shot more than once with a handgun found at the scene, investigators have said. They have refused to discuss where the bullets entered her body.

Kerry Repp's father, Ron Johnson, found his daughter dead in her home around — p.m. on May 4. Gary Repp, 32, and the couple's two children reportedly were at a T-ball game. Johnson called police from his daughter's house on his cell phone, police said. Investigators initially were unsure whether the death was a suicide, accident or a homicide.

Gary Repp pleaded not guilty to his wife's murder and is still lodged in the Jackson County Jail. He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 28 for a pre-trial hearing at 1:30 p.m.

Johnson and his wife, JoeAnn, who reportedly have been told about the first call, could not be reached for comment.

Detectives checking a log of 911 calls that CCOM received on May 4 discovered in August that a call had been made from the Repps' address before Johnson called police. Moran would not reveal exactly when the first call was made, saying the case is still under investigation.

An internal investigation being conducted by the police department has shown that because the dispatcher received no response from the caller, she disconnected the line, Moran said.

It was an error, something that shouldn't have happened, Moran said.

The this week received an anonymous letter about the disconnected 911 call. The letter's author wrote that gunshots and screaming could be heard over the phone.

The call was recorded, but Moran would not discuss what could be heard on the tape, saying only that the recording was muffled. The tape ' which could be used as evidence in Gary Repp's trial ' will not be available to the media, said District Attorney Mark Huddleston.

The internal investigation into the dispatcher's actions was not finished, Moran said. He would not release the dispatcher's name nor length of employment with the police department, saying only that other CCOM dispatchers spent several weeks re-training her.

I don't think it was an issue of tenure; it was a training issue, Moran said.

Once the internal investigation is complete, the dispatcher could be fired or face a range of other disciplinary actions, Moran said.

Central Point Police Department will continue contracting its dispatch service with CCOM, said police Chief Mike Sweeny.

A mistake was made, it was investigated, and I think appropriate action was taken, Sweeny said.

Reach reporter Sarah Lemon at 776-4487, or e-mail