Residents of the Timber Creek apartments on Barnes Road in Cedar Hills are stunned by a stabbing that left a female employee dead.

29-year-old Nicole Laube went to a nearby apartment after being stabbed to get help.  The first deputy to arrive tried to give her first aid, but she died.

Witnesses tell KATU News the stabbing happened while Laube was showing an apartment, but detectives have not confirmed that.  

More than 20 officers and K-9 units from several agencies searched the area, but couldn't find the suspect.  

The Washington County Forensic Science Unit was on the scene for hours processing evidence.

Detectives have little information about the suspect and they're asking for tips to help identify the person.