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Case #80-661

On the morning of January 3, 1980, the caregiver and landlord of Myrtle Thomas went downstairs at 2743 N. Kerby Avenue to check on Ms. Thomas after an anonymous, disturbing phone call. The caregiver found Myrtle, an 82-year-old African-American female, lying on the floor of her bedroom, deceased. The caregiver then called a friend who called police. An autopsy revealed that Myrtle Thomas had died from multiple stab wounds.

Myrtle Thomas led a reclusive lifestyle and had no known family. She had no known criminal record. There was no sign of forced entry or evidence of a robbery. A young neighbor witnessed a white male with long, blonde hair and a full beard sitting on the victim’s steps the evening before Ms. Thomas had died.

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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