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 Case #92-44898

On May 25, 1992, at approximately 2 p.m., Gwendolyn Carter was found murdered on a bushy trail behind 5115 NE 14th Place.  She was last seen between 11p.m. on the previous night and 3 a.m. on the day she was found.  The victim died of strangulation.  

Ms. Carter was a 47-year-old African-American female who had moved to Portland from Seattle tive months prior to her death.   She had moved to the area to attend truck driving school in Tigard.  Ms. Carter soon dropped out of school and began supporting herself as a prostitute and go between for drug buyers and sellers.  She was also a crack cocaine user.

Ms. Carter had several acquaintances in the neighborhood and drug world.  It is likely her death was the result of a dispute over drugs.   At the time, she had a boyfriend by the name of “Richard.” Police have not been able to determine his last name.  He is not a suspect at this time, but a person the police would like to speak with about this crime.

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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