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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 #86-44670

On May 5, 1986, an employee of a warehouse in the 2800 block of NE Argyle Street was near the Columbia Slough at approximately 6:35 am when he discovered a deceased individual near the slough. Police responded and found that the victim, Victor White, a 32-year-old white man, had been shot and set ablaze prior to his discovery.

Victor Smith was originally from Spokane, Washington, and had prior contacts with police regarding theft and burglary. He was also reported to be a user of methamphetamines and possibly carried firearms. Investigators discovered that Victor Smith was in the Portland area in a stolen semi truck to sell stolen semi truck parts. He was in the company of another white male approximately 30 years of age just prior to his murder.

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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