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Case #96-56653

At approximately midnight on June 19, 1996, officers responded to a call regarding an individual lying in the street near the intersection of N. Willamette and Philadelphia Avenue. Officers found the individual, 40-year-old Alfredo Velasquez, a Hispanic male, deceased on the street near the support struts of the St. John’s Bridge. It appeared he had been run over by a vehicle and possibly strangled.

Mr. Velasquez had been employed as a janitor at Mervyn’s at the time of his death. He was not known to be involved in drugs or drink alcohol heavily.

Witnesses reported hearing an argument between unknown individuals with at least one female and squealing tires just prior to Mr. Velasquez’s discovery.

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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