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Case #87-60060

On June 16, 1987, residents in the apartment complex at 230 NE 100th Avenue became concerned for another resident after they had not heard from them in some time. The owner of the apartments entered the apartment of Jose Martinez, a 29-year-old Hispanic man, and discovered him appearing to be dead. The police were called and it was determined Mr. Martinez had died due to blunt force trauma.

Jose Martinez was a waiter at a local Mexican restaurant who was reported to be user and small time dealer of cocaine. He was a self-admitted bisexual who was described as being friendly, flirtatious, and liked to party with both men and women in his apartment.  Witnesses reported hearing odd noises between 8:00 and 10:00 the previous morning.

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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