Search continues in Van Dolah homicide case
Two years after a St. Helens resident died from gunshot wounds following a shooting in Portland, the Portland Police Bureau and Crime Stoppers of Oregon are still working to solve the homicide case.
On Saturday, April 15, 2017, Portland police from the PPB East Precinct responded to a call at Menlo Park Elementary School park fields where gunfire had been reported. When officers arrived, they located Larry E. Van Dolah Jr., then 38, of St. Helens, suffering from gunshot wounds. When medical personnel arrived, they confirmed Van Dolah had died.
Investigative information indicates three suspects were involved. The suspects were described as African American male teens ages 16 to 20 years old and wearing hooded sweatshirts.
Two of the suspects were wearing jeans and the third had dark colored sweatpants.
A forensic sketch artist drafted a sketch of one suspect based on a witness description, while neighborhood surveillance video captured the suspects walking in the area. The suspects were last seen crossing East Burnside Street toward Southeast 129th Avenue.
Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information that leads to an arrest following unsolved felony crimes.
To report information that may help investigators, call 503-823-4357 (HELP).
An obituary published after Van Dolah's death indicated he left behind three children and seven brothers and sisters.