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Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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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.

Investigators would again like to talk to this witness.  Time has passed and circumstances may have changed to allow this witness to talk to us.  There is still a reward.  If you are this witness or you know who this witness may be, or have any information regarding the death of Ruby McLemore, you are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 503-823-HELP.