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The City of Portland, Oregon

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

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Case #96-56653

At approximately midnight on June 19, 1996, officers responded to a call regarding an individual lying in the street near the intersection of N. Willamette and Philadelphia Avenue. Officers found the individual, 40-year-old Alfredo Velasquez, a Hispanic male, deceased on the street near the support struts of the St. John’s Bridge. It appeared he had been run over by a vehicle and possibly strangled.

Mr. Velasquez had been employed as a janitor at Mervyn’s at the time of his death. He was not known to be involved in drugs or drink alcohol heavily.

Witnesses reported hearing an argument between unknown individuals with at least one female and squealing tires just prior to Mr. Velasquez’s discovery.

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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Call 503-823-HELP (4357)

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