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Case #86-44630

At approximately 6:15 am on May 5, 1986, a passerby near the intersection of SE McLoughlin and Holgate Boulevard noticed a deceased male in the parking lot of the Rose Manor Motel. The police were contacted and discovered Michael Blair, a 35-year-old white man, had been shot to death. 

Michael Blair was a manager of a franchised 7-Eleven store in Milwaukie and was openly gay. Mr. Blair was reported to be a regular drinker and an occasional user of meth. He was described as friendly and easy going.  

Mr. Blair was last seen alive at the Semaphore Restaurant at 5:00 am buying coffee. Witnesses reported hearing gunshots at approximately 5:15 am. Two possibly white individuals were reported running from the scene after the gunshots were heard.

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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