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Case #96-99358

On October 17, 1996, witnesses reported seeing two male transients argue near the corner of SE 3rd and Ash Street at approximately 7:20 pm. One of the transients pulled out a handgun and shot and killed the victim, 29-year-old Clayton Cobenais, an American Indian.

Clayton was a known transient and heavy drinker who was reported to engage in fist fights when intoxicated. Witnesses described the other transient as a white male, 35 to 40 years of age, 5 feet 9 inches, slender with short brown hair and an unshaven face. The transient was wearing a dark blue jacket with blue jeans.

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.

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