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Detectives Initiate Homicide Investigation

August 26, 2005 00:00



On Sunday, August 21, 2005, at 3:56 a.m., Portland Police contacted 41-year-old Jeffrey William Smith near the intersection of Southwest Park Avenue and Southwest Stark Street on an assault call. Once at the scene, officers learned that Smith had been assaulted by an unknown suspect or suspects. Smith, who was conscious, alert, and at the time, unwilling to cooperate with the investigation, was transported to OHSU. Officers wrote a report documenting the assault. During the week, Smith’s condition continued to deteriorate and on Thursday, August 25, 2005, he died.

This afternoon, the Medical Examiner determined that Smith died of Blunt Force Assault and his death was ruled a homicide. Homicide Detectives attended the autopsy and are now conducting an investigation.

Detectives are attempting to locate anyone who may have been in the area when the assault occurred or anyone who may be aware of Smith’s activities prior to the assault. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Brian Grose at (503) 823-0757 or Detective Chuck Shipley at (503) 823-0865.

This investigation is continuing.



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