COLD CASE INVESTIGATIONS
The Cold Case Unit is a unique unit within the Sheriff's office in that it is entirely staffed by retired detectives and investigators. The unit was started in 2008 by then Sheriff Bob Skipper. There are currently 35 unsolved homicides or suspicious deaths under the MCSO's jurisdiction dating back to 1973. Some possibly involve family or acquaintances, some are related to a criminal endeavor, and others may be stranger to stranger attacks. These cases were all investigated with the technology available at the time the incident occurred and subsequently re-examined in the intervening years. In the fall of 2008, Sheriff Bob Skipper determined it was time for a thorough review of all open cases.
Enforcement agencies in most areas lack the resources necessary to purposefully track down and apprehend people with active warrants. Instead, they're usually discovered and arrested as a result of being detained for a separate issue, such as a traffic infraction or domestic dispute complaint. The risks with this approach are high, with many potentially dangerous criminals remaining at large to commit new offenses, and cases often dropped due to warrants not being served. It is the mission of the MCSO Retiree Volunteer Cold Case Homicide Team to provide review, assessment and investigative strategies for cold homicide cases.
CECILIO CORRALES- Check out the Cold Case File
Corrales, 23, of Portland, was found dead and his body partially decomposed Jan. 5, 1992, by two fishermen walking in a remote area along Southeast Kerslake Road in east Multnomah County. He had been reported missing Nov. 6, 1991.
GARY HANBERG- Check out the Cold Case File
Hanberg, 23, of Milwaukie, was leaving a tavern on Southeast 82nd Avenue early Dec. 12, 1978, when he was attacked by a group of four men. He died two days later.
ANNE CHRISTINE HILL- Check out the Cold Case File
Hill, 37, was found in a shed on property where she lived on May 22, 1989. Police determined she had been shot May 15 in a motor home on the property on Southeast 172nd Avenue.
KIMBERLY YVETTE HILL- Check out the Cold Case File
Kimberly Y. Hill, 19, of Portland, was also known as Kimberly Brown or Betty Brown. Her unclothed body was found at 1:15 p.m. Oct. 26, 1984, in tall grass at the head of a footpath on the north side of Marine Drive near a paved extension of Northeast 223rd Avenue.
ELAINE JOHNSON- Check out the Cold Case File
Johnson, 34, was found by her sister murdered in her home in the 1500 block of Southeast 143rd Avenue on Oct. 13, 1991.
EUNICE KARR- Check out the Cold Case File
Karr, 74, was found killed in her home in the 4700 block of Northeast 100th Avenue on July 28, 1984.
CAROL KEIGHTLEY- Check out the Cold Case File
Keightley, 18, of Southeast Portland was a student at Vocational Village School and a former student at Franklin High School, who was found dead Jan. 10, 1982, 11 days after her mother reported her missing.
CLARENCE RICHARDS- Check out the Cold Case File
A hunter found Richard's badly decomposed body the afternoon of Aug. 31, 1992, in brushy area known as Thousands Acres along the Sandy River north of Interstate 84.
ANTONIO SANCHEZ- Check out the Cold Case File
Sanchez, 16, was shot and killed about 9:30 p.m. April 19, 1994, while with friends in an apartment at 23901 N.E. Halsey St.
DANIEL F. SNEDEKER- Check out the Cold Case File
Snedeker, 30, of Portland, was shot and killed the evening of Nov. 12, 1980, as he sat in his car in the parking lot of his apartment complex on Southeast 162nd Avenue.