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Case #83-11259

On the morning of February 9, 1983, a resident near the intersection of N Hereford and Lombard Street discovered the victim lying naked in the parking lot of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. The victim, 25 year-old white male, Elamari Magdud, had died due to homicidal violence. His clothing had been scattered throughout the crime scene.

Elamari was a University of Portland student from Libya who lived nearby. He was studying machine design. It was reported that those who knew Elamari described him as having a drinking problem. Elamari Magdud was last seen leaving the Spinning Wheel Tavern at closing time that morning. There had been a large fight in the parking lot of the Portsmouth Club at approximately 1:00 am that night involving a large number of people.

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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