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Case # 03-56078

View KPTV's story on this Cold Case.

On June 10, 2003, around 4 am, a Pinkerton Security guard discovered the body of a 43-year-old woman lying in the doorway of a building on NW 2nd Av between Couch and Burnside Streets.

The victim was later identified as Christine Ione Lawson, 5’1”, 125 lbs, a woman described as a transient who had family in California.

Ms Lawson was known to police as a crack cocaine user and prostitute who frequented the Old Town area.  An autopsy determined that Ms Lawson died of “homicidal violence.”  Crime scene evidence led Detectives to believe that Ms. Lawson was killed at another location and then her body was moved.    

 Witnesses may contact Cold Case Homicide Unit investigators directly at (503) 823-0400. To remain anonymous, witnesses may provide information through Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Information about unsolved homicides can lead to a reward of up to $2,500 cash. All other unsolved felony crimes are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000.

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