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Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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On September 16, 1981, a citizen walking near the intersection of NW 6th Avenue and Couch Street observed Derrick Shepherd, a 22 year-old African-American man, lying near the driver’s door of his vehicle. The citizen then went to a nearby business to call police. Mr. Shepherd was transported to a nearby hospital for his stab wounds where he died shortly after.

Mr. Shepherd was reported to be a petty criminal who made his living selling imitation narcotics. An unidentified African-American male was seen having an argument with him prior to him being stabbed, and has been described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing approximately 140 pounds.

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 of Oregon offers cash rewards for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information about unsolved homicides can lead to a reward of up to $2,500 cash. All other unsolved felony crimes are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Submit an anonymous tip:

Text CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.

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Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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