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Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

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

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Case #97-26938

View KPTV's story on this Cold Case.

On March 17, 1997, at approximately 4:20 am, a customer stepped into the Plaid Pantry at 917 SW Gibbs St. near OHSU to find the clerk Jason Childers, a 27-year-old white male, deceased on the floor. It was determined that Mr. Childers died of multiple gunshot wounds while restocking the shelves of the Plaid Pantry.

Mr. Childers was described as a mild-mannered, good person with a slightly childish personality. He had no criminal record or contacts with the police. No cash was missing from the cash register and Childers’ wallet was still present.

Detectives were able to determine that Mr. Childers was last seen alive by a customer buying a pack of cigarettes between 3:45 and 4:00 am.

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.

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