1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
January 13, 2006 00:00
Seventeen years ago on August 29, 1988, the bodies of 61-year old Robert Wheatley and his wife, 69-year old Frieda Wheatley, were found in the basement of their home located at 2612 North Holman Street. The Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be by strangulation.
Investigators believe the suspects may have gained entry into the home in a response to a “For Sale by Owner” sign in the front yard. The Wheatleys had lived in the neighborhood for more than 10 years but had decided to sell the home themselves. The suspects stole a number of items from the house, including a television set, credit cards and their vehicle. The credit cards were used extensively prior to their bodies being discovered. The Wheatley’s vehicle was recovered several days later at the Jantzen Beach shopping center.
Advancement in technology has allowed Cold Case detectives to re-submit evidence for forensic testing. They are currently awaiting results of the tests. In the meantime, Crime Stoppers has approved an enhanced reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case. Call Crime Stoppers at (503) 823-HELP (4357).
Sgt. Pete Simpson