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Case #95-113791

On November 14, 1995, at approximately 8:45 pm, 24-year-old Brian Todd Mitchell, parked his vehicle, a black 1986 Ford Thunderbird, across the street from his residence in the 4300 block of NE Hazelfern St.  Mr. Mitchell was returning to his residence after renting some videos.  Mr. Mitchell’s roommates and neighbors heard numerous gun shots and looked outside to see that Mr. Mitchell was on the ground near his vehicle.  When people approached to help, they could see that Mr. Mitchell had been shot in the head and leg.

Mr. Mitchell’s family has said he was a good kid, superb athlete, and musically gifted.  He was employed at the Oregonian in the shipping department.  Investigators determined that Mr. Mitchell was not a gang member and was not involved in any criminal activity.

A neighbor saw a mid 80’s Toyota or K-car type vehicle leave the area shortly after hearing the gunshots.  Another neighbor saw a VW Rabbit-type vehicle leaving the area after hearing the gun shots.  Investigators are uncertain if these vehicle were involved in the shooting of Brian Mitchell.  The shooter may have been in a vehicle or on foot.

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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