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.
If you or anyone you know has any information regarding the murder of Clayton Cobenais, you are encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers at 503-823-HELP.