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Phone: 503-823-0000

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Case #88-103516

On October 9, 1988, two friends were walking near NW 9th and Johnson when they became aware of a foul odor and discovered the victim underneath wooden pallets in a nearby blackberry thicket under the Broadway Bridge onramp. The victim, 33-year-old Hispanic man, Juan Lopez Ramirez, was murdered and rolled up in a carpet in the weeks prior to his discovery.

It was reported that Juan Ramirez was a known transient and heroin user. The area where he had been discovered was an area known to be frequented by transients and drug users, but has since been demolished and rebuilt into a residential area.

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 this case or any unsolved felony crime may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500.

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