On January 15, 1989, at approximately 8 p.m., a resident of the 300 block of NE Holman St heard what he thought was gunshots outside his residence. This resident looked out his window and could not see anything, but when he went outside on his porch, he saw a woman lying in the street. The resident called 911 then went to the woman’s side. She was unable to speak, but was still alive. He covered her with a blanket and awaited emergency responders.
When emergency responders arrived, the woman had stopped breathing. She was transported to a local hospital where she was declared deceased. Identification recovered at the scene was used to identify this woman as Ruby Denise McLemore, a 21-year-old black female, who was 5’2” and 95 to 100 lbs. She was wearing a black beret, white pants, leg warmers, a black leather jacket, a sweatshirt and tennis shoes at the time of her death. A later autopsy determined that Ms. McLemore died of a single gunshot wound to the torso.
On February 12, 1989, an anonymous person called the Portland Police Bureau Crime Stoppers tip line. This person inquired about a reward, described the crime scene and victim and stated that they had witnessed this murder. As police pressed for details, this person said that they would call back the next day to talk to the primary investigator. They never called and remain anonymous to this day.
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.
Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.
Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php 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.
Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.