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Case #81-100562

On December 10, 1981, an employee of the Oregon Humane Society was near a pond on the 1000 block of NE Columbia Boulevard at approximately 12:40 pm, when he observed what looked to be a red parka in the pond. Upon further inspection, he discovered that it was a deceased individual. Police responded to find the victim, Mario Rivera, a 42-year-old Hispanic man.  An autopsy revealed that he had died as the result of being beaten about the head with a blunt object.

Mario Rivera was described, by most individuals interviewed, as being rowdy and was frequently drunk. He was also reported to be verbally abusive and disrespectful.

Witnesses reported seeing a red object in the pond, similar to his parka, as early as Monday, December 7.

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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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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