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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.

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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