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Case #86-44630

At approximately 6:15 am on May 5, 1986, a passerby near the intersection of SE McLoughlin and Holgate Boulevard noticed a deceased male in the parking lot of the Rose Manor Motel. The police were contacted and discovered Michael Blair, a 35-year-old white man, had been shot to death. 

Michael Blair was a manager of a franchised 7-Eleven store in Milwaukie and was openly gay. Mr. Blair was reported to be a regular drinker and an occasional user of meth. He was described as friendly and easy going.  

Mr. Blair was last seen alive at the Semaphore Restaurant at 5:00 am buying coffee. Witnesses reported hearing gunshots at approximately 5:15 am. Two possibly white individuals were reported running from the scene after the gunshots were heard.

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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