Crime Stoppers #12-28 Nancy Bergeson Homicide

Crime Stoppers #12-28 Nancy Bergeson Homicide

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July 10, 2012 16:05


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The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for your help in solving a 2009 homicide.

On Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at approximately 3:00 p.m., Portland Police uniform officers were called to the 4100 block of Southwest Hamilton. Upon arrival, the officers found Nancy Bergeson deceased in her home. The officers notified the Oregon State Medical Examiner and one of their representatives responded to the scene.

The medical examiner at the scene initially believed that Ms. Bergeson died as a result of natural causes. Ms. Bergeson was removed from her home and was transported to the Medical Examiner's Office. While performing the autopsy on Ms. Bergeson, the medical examiner determined that Ms. Bergeson actually died as a result of homicidal violence. Investigators were able to determine that there were signs that Ms. Bergeson fought back against her attacker.

The Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit is now helping with this investigation. The Cold Case Unit investigators and personnel represent additional resources to assist in following up on and developing investigative leads.

On Wednesday July 11, 2012, the 2nd Annual Nancy Bergeson Ardent Advocate Lecture Series will occur in Portland, Oregon. This lecture series is sponsored by Pacific Northwest Law, LLP, the Federal Bar Association, Federal Public Defender, the U.S. District Court Attorney Admissions Fund, and the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCDLA).

Detective Michele Michaels along with representatives from the Lecture Series will be available for interviews on Wednesday July 11, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the Portland Police Bureau Office of Public Information, 1111 Southwest 2nd Avenue, Room 1526.

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 you can remain anonymous. Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at, text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.


Det. Michele Michaels

Portland Police Bureau

(503) 823-0692



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