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Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

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

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Case #82-20743

At approximately 3:30 am on the morning of March 13, 1982, a security guard serving the West Hills Convalescent Home at 5701 SW Multnomah Boulevard found the victim’s body in the driveway. The victim, John Plunkett, a 40-year-old white man, had died from a gunshot wound.

John Plunkett had recently been working on a cable splicing crew for PGE and was divorced. He was known to be a social drinker who frequented bars in the Ranier, Oregon, area where he was recently employed as a security guard at Trojan Nuclear Power Plant. He also frequented bars in Milwaukie and Clackamas County.

Mr. Plunkett was last seen at approximately 7:30 pm in Oregon City.

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.

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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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