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Case #86-44670

On May 5, 1986, an employee of a warehouse in the 2800 block of NE Argyle Street was near the Columbia Slough at approximately 6:35 am when he discovered a deceased individual near the slough. Police responded and found that the victim, Victor White, a 32-year-old white man, had been shot and set ablaze prior to his discovery.

Victor Smith was originally from Spokane, Washington, and had prior contacts with police regarding theft and burglary. He was also reported to be a user of methamphetamines and possibly carried firearms. Investigators discovered that Victor Smith was in the Portland area in a stolen semi truck to sell stolen semi truck parts. He was in the company of another white male approximately 30 years of age just prior to his murder.

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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