As part of National Missing Persons Month, the Oregon State Police have added three pictures to their Facebook page for one of Portland's most notorious missing persons case — the 1990 disappearance of Tim Moreau, who body has never been found, even though two people served time for his murder.
"We are very grateful that officials in Portland continue to remember Tim and to remind the public that our son's remains have not been found. We appreciate everyone 's interest and support," Tim's parents, Mike and Penny Moreau, said.
As recounted in detail on the Facebook page, Moreau worked at the former Starry Night concert hall in Old Town, which was owned by Larry Hurwitz. Moreau was last seen alive on Jan. 22, 1990, several days after a counterfeit ticket scheme had been discovered at the hall. Police believe Hurwitz was behind the scheme and killed Moreau to prevent him from revealling what he knew about it.
Many years after the disapperance, police arrested Hurwitz and another Starry Night employee, George Castagnola, on charges that they murdered Moreau. Although Castagnola confessed to his part in the murder and pleaded guilty, Hurwitz did not accept responsibility and only pleaded "no contest," meaning he believed he would be convicted if he went to trial.
Despite the pleas, Moreau is still considered a missing person because his body has never been found. When OSP added three pictures of him to their Facebook page on May 3, they asked the public to contact the Portland police if they know anything about the case.
The National Institute of Justice also maintains a page on Moreau through its National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, which can be be reached through the OSP's Facebook page. To see it, go to tinyurl.com/yak4jj5m.
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