Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

To improve security, on Feb. 11th the city will begin disabling TLS 1.0 on our websites. This change should not impact you unless you are using an old browser. More information


Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Subscribe to RSS feed

Most Recent

View More


Case # 79-31293

View KPTV's story on this Cold Case.

On the morning of May 8, 1979, the manager of the apartments at 620 NE Brazee became concerned about the welfare of one of his tenants, Daisy W. Motley.  Someone had made an anonymous phone call to him asking him to check on Ms. Motley because that person heard a disturbance coming from Ms. Motley’s apartment.  The manager tried to contact Ms. Motley, but she did not respond to phone calls or to knocks on the door.  Using his pass key, the manager entered Ms. Motley’s apartment and found her body.  It was immediately apparent that she had been murdered.

Ms. Motley was a 64-year-old, unemployed female who lived alone.  She had no apparent enemies.  The last time she was known to be alive was when she talked to her daughter at approximately 9 pm on May 7, 1979.  Investigating Detectives believe that it is likely she knew her assailant.  Robbery does not appear to be a motive.  Ms. Motley was sexually assaulted.

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.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Submit an anonymous tip:

Text CRIMES (274637) - Type 823HELP, followed by the tip.

Online at

Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

Visit to download the TipSubmit app for the iPhone or Droid.