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Case #94-8846

At approximately 6:30 in the evening on January 26, 1994, an unknown male armed with a handgun forcefully entered the victim’s residence at 6316 N. Williams Avenue after the victim’s wife opened the door to see who knocked. The victim, 47 year-old Dan Merton Thomas, a white male, confronted the unknown male. At this time, the intruder shot Mr. Thomas and fled the residence.

Witnesses report seeing a group of young African-American males walking by the residence minutes before hearing the gun shot. It was reported that Mr. Thomas had a small marijuana grow in his basement and had at times sold some of his crop. Witnesses described the shooter as a young African-American teenager. Police believe that the motive for this was robbery.

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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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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