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Case #96-20508

On March 3, 1996, James Underwood, a 49 year-old white male, was found by a transient lying face down in an area adjacent to the Interstate Fred Meyer near the 7300 block of N. Montana Ave. An autopsy found that Mr. Underwood had died of multiple stab wounds.

Mr. Underwood was a transient who frequented the areas of N. Denver and N. Columbia Ave. Mr. Underwood worked at the Palms Motel on N. Interstate cleaning rooms and doing odd jobs. He was reported to be, at times, combative while frequently drinking alcohol.

Anonymous letters have been sent to the police regarding this homicide. Investigators would like to speak to the author of these letters in order to corroborate the information provided.

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 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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