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Case #88-103516

On October 9, 1988, two friends were walking near NW 9th and Johnson when they became aware of a foul odor and discovered the victim underneath wooden pallets in a nearby blackberry thicket under the Broadway Bridge onramp. The victim, 33-year-old Hispanic man, Juan Lopez Ramirez, was murdered and rolled up in a carpet in the weeks prior to his discovery.

It was reported that Juan Ramirez was a known transient and heroin user. The area where he had been discovered was an area known to be frequented by transients and drug users, but has since been demolished and rebuilt into a residential area.

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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