Cold cases: Unsolved Woodstock and Brentwood-Darlington murders
Officials just aren't letting go of two different seven-year-old unsolved murder cases in the Woodstock neighborhood, and are still soliciting reader tips to Crime Stoppers on either or both. They occurred two months apart, at about the same hour of the evening; both involved shots fired, and in the same general area.
One case involved a man who was robbed and murdered on September 30, 2014, at about 11 p.m., on a sidewalk in the Woodstock neighborhood.
After a neighbor called the 9-1-1 Center reporting gunshots, Portland Police officers arrived at S.E. 52nd Avenue and Martins Street to find 30-year-old Michael William Olson, a Woodstock neighborhood resident, dead from a gunshot.
"An eyewitness described the suspect as possibly being a light-skinned African American or Hispanic male," reminded Portland Police spokesperson Sgt. Chris Burley. The Police Bureau considers this an active case and has again renewed its push for any further information about it that the public might provide to help solve the crime.
Meantime, the other Woodstock case still regarded as active occurred two months earlier, on July 22, 2014, at 10:56 p.m. East Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting at S.E. 57th Avenue and Harold Street. As officers were enroute to the scene, additional information was broadcast that a male adult was on the ground injured.
Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, and determined that he was deceased.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on the victim, 19-year-old Paul William Krekeler, and determined that he had died of a gunshot wound to the chest.
Detectives have learned that several neighborhood residents heard several gunshots prior to the discovery of Krekeler's body. Krekeler appears to have run northbound on 57th Avenue before collapsing in a yard on the southwest corner of 57th Avenue and Harold Street. The residents of the home do not appear to have any connection to Krekeler.
Witnesses reported to police that a white SUV or truck was seen leaving southbound on 57th after the gunshots, but it is not been confirmed that this vehicle is related to the shooting.
No motive has been determined in this shooting.
In addition, the twenty-year-old shooting of a boy in his own bed in his Brentwood-Darlington home back on August 10, 2001, also remains unsolved, and police are still seeking information in that case as well. The victim was 11-year-old fifth grader Joshua Jeffries, who lived with his Aunt and caregiver, Gayle Hoofer. She told police Joshua came to her room in the early morning hours and said, "Auntie Gayle, someone came into my room." Then he collapsed; he died soon after at a hospital of a gunshot wound.The police have never been able to develop either a motive or a suspect in the baffling homicide. Joshua this year would have been thirty, going on thirty-one. Officers say somebody knows what happened, and they hope that person will contact them. The case is still open.
"Crime Stoppers of Oregon" offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in these or any unsolved felony crime – and tipsters can remain anonymous.
If you can help police solve any of these Inner Southeast crimes, send in your information online – www.p3tips.com/823 – or call 503/823-4357.
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