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63-year-old Jeffrey Paul Cutlip had his initial court appearance today in Brownsville, Texas related to murder charges in Portland, Oregon.
Cutlip is being charged with murder for two cases in Portland in the 1970s. The first was on August 6, 1975 when 44-year-old Marlene Claire Carlson was found strangled in her apartment at 715 Southwest 15th Avenue. She had last been seen alive on July 30, 1975.
The second is from April 4, 1977, when 15-year-old Julie Marie Bennett went missing and was found dead two days later in Johnson Creek.
Cold Case Homicide Unit detectives are continuing to investigate both cases and releasing additional information could compromise that investigation and the eventual prosecution of Jeffrey Cutlip.
No additional details can be released at this time and both the Carlson and Bennett families are requesting absolute privacy at this time.
Cutlip will be in Cameron County (TX) Court on Wednesday regarding 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.
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Sgt. Pete Simpson