On December 17, 1989, the body of William (Bill) T. McReynolds was discovered in his one bedroom apartment at 230 NE 28th, #203 by Mark Rantovich. There was no sign of forced entry into the apartment and Mr Rantovich entered using a key previously supplied to him by Mr. McReynolds. Mr. McReynolds, a 74-year-old retired clergyman, was laying in his bed, bound, and had been stabbed to death when he was found. Investigators later determined that an ATM card and jewelry were missing from the apartment.
Acting on records from Mr. McReynolds' bank regarding the use of his ATM card, investigators contacted a subject who used his ATM card at 24th and Burnside on December 16, 1989. This person described two white males who had used a card just prior to him and again just after his use. One of these white males matched the description of Mr, Rantovich. The clothing description of this white male also matched the clothing that Mr, Rantovich told investigators he was wearing that night. Mr Rantovich became a person of interest in this homicide.
Mark Steven Rantovich is a white male born August 4, 1963 and is 6', 160 lbs. He told investigators that he had no employment, was on probation at the time and that he survived by committing sexual acts for money. In January 2004, Mr. Rantovich died in Salt Lake City, Utah. Investigators would like to talk to any acquaintances of Mr. Rantovich about any statements he may have made about any incidents in Portland, any conversation about “Bill” or any conversations regarding the death of any of Mr. Rantovich’s acquaintances.
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