On March 17, 1997, at approximately 4:20 am, a customer stepped into the Plaid Pantry at 917 SW Gibbs St. near OHSU to find the clerk Jason Childers, a 27-year-old white male, deceased on the floor. It was determined that Mr. Childers died of multiple gunshot wounds while restocking the shelves of the Plaid Pantry.
Mr. Childers was described as a mild-mannered, good person with a slightly childish personality. He had no criminal record or contacts with the police. No cash was missing from the cash register and Childers’ wallet was still present.
Detectives were able to determine that Mr. Childers was last seen alive by a customer buying a pack of cigarettes between 3:45 and 4:00 am.
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.
This case was featured on KPTV: http://www.kptv.com/story/23876467/cold-case-navy-veteran-gunned-down-while-working-at-plaid-pantry