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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 #95-48898

On May 15, 1995, at approximately 4:25 pm, several witnesses observed Bennie Lee Hedgmon, a 47-year-old African-American man, being physically assaulted in plain view by an unidentified African-American male at the intersection of N Jessup and Albina Avenue. EMS responded and Mr. Hedgmon was transported to a local hospital, where he later died. An autopsy revealed that he died of severe trauma.

Mr. Hedgmon was described as a user of drugs and alcohol who was living on pension and social security benefits. He was last seen leaving his apartment shortly before the assault.

The unidentified African-American male has been described as being 5 feet, 10 inches tall with a shaved head.

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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