On July 9, 1983, two citizens were driving near the Columbia Slough in West Delta Park between the golf course and the Portland International Raceway at approximately 1:30 p.m., when they spotted what looked to be someone in the water. Emergency personnel respond to find the victim, a 19 year-old African-American female, face down in the water. An investigation by the police concluded that the deceased female was Tonja Harry, who had died as the result of drowning.
Tonja Harry was reported to have engaged in prostitution and possible drug use.
Tonja Harry was last seen on Union Avenue (now Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) just south of Killingsworth Street at approximately 11:00 pm on the night prior to her discovery. She was last seen getting into a blue pickup truck with a blue and white canopy.
If you or anyone you know has any information regarding the murder of Tonja Harry, please contact CrimeStoppers at 503-823-HELP.