UPDATE: PHOTOS: Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Detectives Make Arrest in 1997 Murder

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May 01, 2012 18:25


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Etheridge's arrest is in connection with the May 4, 1997 murder of 59-year-old John Frederick Phillips. Phillips was killed at an apartment located in the 3900 block of North Albina Avenue.

Detectives were able to locate a member of the victim's family late today to make a notification of the arrest.

No additional details of the homicide investigation can be released at this time.



Photos attached courtesy of the Dare County (NC) Sheriff's Office.



On Monday April 30, 2012, Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit detectives arrested 46-year-old Samuel Lee Etheridge in connection with a 1997 homicide in Portland, Oregon.

Etheridge was arrested in Dare County, North Carolina with the assistance of the Dare County Sheriff's Office. Etheridge was living in Wanchese, North Carolina.

Cold Case Homicide detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Murder in Multnomah County, Oregon for Etheridge's arrest. The name of the victim and details of the case are being withheld at this time until the victim's family can be located and notified of the arrest.

Cold Case detectives began investigating the case in January 2012. Based on their investigation, the detectives discovered new information that allowed them to obtain an arrest warrant for Etheridge.

Etheridge remains in the Dare County (NC) Detention Center awaiting extradition to Oregon.

The Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit is comprised of a Sergeant and four Detectives who are assisted by several retired investigators who volunteer their time and are now working under a Federal grant sponsored by the US Department of Justice and the National Institute for Justice.

The Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit has a close partnership with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office and the Oregon State Police Crime Lab.

The Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit's slogan is: "We don't give up. We never give up."

The Portland Police Bureau has nearly 300 unsolved murders dating back to 1969.

Anyone with information about Etheridge is asked to contact Det. Meredith Hopper at (503) 823-0266 or Det. Mary Wheat at (503) 823-0833.


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