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Phone: 503-823-0000

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1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Case #84-51150

On June 14, 1984, two individuals at the waterfront near the intersection of NW Davis and Front Avenue (now Naito Parkway) spotted someone floating in the river at approximately 3:30 pm. A nearby Portland Fire Station was contacted and both police and fire responded to the scene. They discovered that the victim, Richard Tauriainen, a 53-year-old white man, was deceased. An autopsy revealed that he had died as the result of traumatic injuries.

Richard Tauriainen was a veteran of the Korean War which had affected him enough to become transient and lose contact with his family. He has been described as balding with a full mustache and graying beard at the time of his death.

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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