On February 24, 1984, an individual was walking home at approximately 6 pm on NE Cornfoot Road when he observed what appeared to be a body lying in the amid the blackberry bushes on the bank of the Columbia Slough less than a quarter mile east of NE 47th Avenue. Police responded to discover Gustavo Espinoza, a 20 year-old Hispanic man, had died as the result of a gunshot wound.
Mr. Espinoza was born in Mexico and was rumored to be dealing heroin at the time of his murder. He was last seen at a duplex on the 6800 block of NE Cornfoot Road during the evening prior to his discovery.
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.
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