On the morning of May 8th, 1979, the manager of the apartments at 620 NE Brazee became concerned about the welfare of one of his tenants, Daisy W. Motley. Someone had made an anonymous phone call to him asking him to check on Ms Motley because that person heard a disturbance coming from Ms Motley’s apartment. The manager tried to contact Ms Motley but she did not respond to phone calls or to knocks on the door. Using his pass key, the manager entered Ms Motley’s apartment and found her body. It was immediately apparent that she had been murdered.
Ms Motley was a 64 year old, unemployed female who lived alone. She had no apparent enemies. The last time she was known to be alive was when she talked to her daughter at approx 9 pm on May 7th, 1979. Investigating Detectives believe that it is likely she knew her assailant. Robbery does not appear to be a motive. Ms Motley was sexually assaulted.
Anyone with any information regarding Ms Motley’s death should contact Crime Stoppers at 503-823-4357 or Mike Stahlman of Portland Police cold Case, 503-823-0400.