Early in the morning on July 3, 1985, a passerby noticed a man lying in a landscaped area next to the Portland Fire Bureau on SW Ash and Front Avenue. Police responded to find the victim, Ye Nashwood Billy, a 59- year-old Native American man, deceased. An autopsy revealed that Mr. Billy had died as the result of blunt force trauma.
Ye Nashwood Billy was a known transient in the southwest and northwest Portland area who was a known chronic alcohol user and possible drug user. Mr. Billy had no known enemies.
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