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MCSO Cold Case Squad Seeks Public's Help with Homicide Investigation From 1986

Help solve a murder nearly 29 years old....if you can.

One of the victim's tattoos. Do you remember this?

(SALEM, Ore.) - COLD CASE MYSTERY: The Marion County Sheriff's Office, Cold Case Squad, is requesting the public's help in identifying a Hispanic male, whose decomposing body was found by fishermen in the area of Horseshoe Lake, near St. Paul, Oregon on October 25, 1986. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that this death was a homicide.

The victim is believed to have been young, perhaps 20 to 30 years old, approximately 5' 4" tall with a slender to medium build.

Most importantly, the victim possessed numerous distinctive tattoos, which included:

  • a lady's head with a teardrop under her eye
  • a large butterfly
  • a lady's head wearing a sombrero
  • a scorpion under initials which appear to be "R.M.F." or "H.M.F"
  • the name "Felix" in stylized script

Drawings of these tattoos are shown below.

Investigators suspect that the victim may have lived and worked in the greater Woodburn-St. Paul area.

It is hoped that someone might recall a former employee, co-worker, neighbor or friend who could fit the description of the unidentified man and who simply dropped out of sight without notice in the late summer or fall of 1986.

Anyone who believes that they might have information which could assist this investigation is encouraged to contact the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Cold Case Squad, telephone (503) 540-8006, or Detective Mike Myers, telephone (503) 540-8096.

In addition, information can be provided to email address:

Check out these artist renderings of the victim's tattoos:


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