The Salem Police Department responded to the residence of Marion County Circuit Court Judge Albin Norblad at about 10:00 a.m. Monday to check on him since he was not answering his telephone. After obtaining a key to the residence, officers entered and found him deceased. A police investigation was initiated as is standard in all unattended deaths.

An autopsy was performed in Clackamas this morning by Dr. Larry Lewman of the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office. It was determined that Judge Norblad died of a subdural hematoma which was the result of an accidental fall. It is concluded that his death was the result of a tragic accident.