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 Case #87-97994

On September 28, 1987, two young men were searching for discarded bottles for their redemption value.  They were looking in an area that was commonly used as a dump site by area residents.  They found  the partially decomposed body of Timothy Hoyt.

Investigators determined that Mr. Hoyt was known to associate with methamphetamine users.  He was last seen alive at the address of 9506 N. Edison.  Prior to that address being searched by Detectives, it was consumed in an arson fire.  The investigation also revealed that it is unlikely that Mr. Hoyt was killed at the dump site where his body was recovered.

Mr. Hoyt’s body was mutilated, but not beyond recognition. The suspect(s) in this case left Mr. Hoyt’s mutilated body at the location where it was found in an apparent attempt to conceal his death.  It didn’t work.

A person of interest in this case is John Macabee Geary who also goes by the name of John Thorsinger.  He was described (in 1987) as a white male, 5’8”, 160 lbs, blonde hair with numerous tattoos on his arms and hands.  Mr. Geary does not currently reside in the Portland area.  Detectives are also interested in talking to Joann N. Reed, also known as Debra Behe or Yo Yo.  She was born in 1967.  Her mother resided in the area of 162nd and Powell.

The Cold Case Unit would like anyone with information regarding this case to contact them. Witnesses may contact Cold Case Homicide Unit investigators directly at (503) 823-0400. To remain anonymous, witnesses may provide information through Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

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