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Case #77-59271

On August 15, 1977, an employee of the Portland Development Commission observed a body floating in the Willamette River near the Ankeny Pump Station at approximately 2:15 pm. Multnomah County Sheriff’s River Patrol retrieved the victim, 24-year-old Allen James Hamilton, a Native American male, from the river and placed him on a float near the pump station. An autopsy concluded that Mr. Hamilton had been stabbed, but died as the result of drowning.

Mr. Hamilton was reported to be a transient and had issues with alchol.  He  was last seen on August 12, at the Tacoma Tavern at approximately 5:00 pm. He was drinking with two unidentified African-American males and one unidentified white male.

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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