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Case #83-24004

On March 23, 1983, a citizen was walking along the western edge of Overlook Park at approximately 5 p.m., when he looked over the steep embankment between N Greeley Avenue and the park when he discovered what appeared to be a woman’s body. The police were called and discovered the victim, 23 year-old African-American female, Essie Jackson, had been deceased for some time. An autopsy revealed that she died as the result of being strangled.

Essie Jackson was the mother of a young child at the time of her death. It was reported that she was an active prostitute. Essie was last seen on February 12th at approximately 10:30 pm near the intersection of NE Union (now Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) and Failing Street.

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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