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Case #92-44898

View KPTV's story on this Cold Case.

On May 25, 1992, at approximately 2 p.m., Gwendolyn Carter was found murdered on a bushy trail behind 5115 NE 14th Place.  She was last seen between 11p.m. on the previous night and 3 a.m. on the day she was found.  The victim died of strangulation.  

Ms. Carter was a 47-year-old African-American female who had moved to Portland from Seattle tive months prior to her death.   She had moved to the area to attend truck driving school in Tigard.  Ms. Carter soon dropped out of school and began supporting herself as a prostitute and go between for drug buyers and sellers.  She was also a crack cocaine user.

Ms. Carter had several acquaintances in the neighborhood and drug world.  It is likely her death was the result of a dispute over drugs.   At the time, she had a boyfriend by the name of “Richard.” Police have not been able to determine his last name.  He is not a suspect at this time, but a person the police would like to speak with about this crime.

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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