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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 #90-58512

On July 9, 1990, a passerby on N. Williams Avenu,e just north of N. Failing Street, noticed a man lying in the sidewalk next to a shopping cart shortly before 7 am. Police were called and found the victim, Carl Gibb, a 44-year-old white man, was deceased. An autopsy revealed that Mr. Gibb had been stabbed to death. Investigators determined that Mr. Gibb had died at approximately 1:00 am earlier that morning.

Carl Gibb was reported to have been mentally disabled and was known to scavenge for cans and other items with a shopping cart. Mr. Gibb was divorced and had two young children. A puppy and a kitten were found with Mr. Gibb at the scene.

A witness reported seeing two African-American men speaking with Mr. Gibb shortly before 1 am in the area where he was found. One has been described as being 25 to 30 years old, approximately 6 feet tall and 200 pounds wearing a black baseball cap, blue jeans and a black jacket. The other has been described as being approximately 6 feet tall 25 to 30 years old wearing dark jeans and a dark-colored jacket.

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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