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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 #77-59271

On August 15, 1977, an employee of the Portland Development Commission observed a body floating in the Willamette River near the Ankeny Pump Station at approximately 2:15 pm. Multnomah County Sheriff’s River Patrol retrieved the victim, 24-year-old Allen James Hamilton, a Native American male, from the river and placed him on a float near the pump station. An autopsy concluded that Mr. Hamilton had been stabbed, but died as the result of drowning.

Mr. Hamilton was reported to be a transient and had issues with alchol.  He  was last seen on August 12, at the Tacoma Tavern at approximately 5:00 pm. He was drinking with two unidentified African-American males and one unidentified white male.

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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