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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.

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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