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Case #99-5449

View KPTV's story on this Cold Case.

At approximately 11:45 am on the morning of January 19, 1999, a neighbor walking on SE Taylor St. noticed a suspicious canvas bag lying in the driveway of a vacant house that was for sale at 9145 SE Taylor St. Since the bag had not been present the previous day, the neighbor called the police. Police officers arrived to inspect the bag and found the victim, Veronica Sue James, a 24-year-old white woman deceased inside. An autopsy revealed that Ms. James had died of traumatic head injuries.

Veronica James was a reported user of methamphetamines and possibly engaged in prostitution to support her drug use. She was the mother of three young daughters at the time of her death.

Ms. James was possibly last seen near the intersection of SE 82nd Avenue and Stark Street on the morning of January 18.

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.

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