1985 in Portland a 15-year-old
girl gave a sketch of a man she said tried to rape and kill her.
Investigators see similarities compared to a 1982, photo of Ridgway.
"There was not a suspect determined, and it has some similarities
to some of the Green River cases, said Sally Gilpin, Oregon State
The victim taken from
a section of Portland where prostitutes worked, was taken to the
woods and choked.
In Oregon skeletal remains
of 4 Green River victims found in 1985.
1)The killer dismembered
the corpse at the slaying and dumped the remains in both Oregon
2)The killer returned
to one dump sites afterwards to separated the remains.
Shirley Sherrill, 18,
last seen in 1982 in Seattle's International District, remains were
found nearby. Sherrill was known to the Portland police.
Many detectives believed
the women had been killed outside of Oregon.
Witnesses say the man
drove a faded green pickup truck with large gray primer paint spots,
a description that matches a truck driven by Ridgway.
Detectives did not recover
semen or other DNA evidence at the dump sites, though other unspecified
evidence was found.
Since Ridgway's arrest,
a cursory check showed that the Washington County Sheriff's Office
did not have any contact with Ridgway. The Portland Police Bureau
said they have no records on him.
Bush, 23 years old -- Left to buy cigarettes on Pacific Highway
South. On June 12, 1985, her skull was unearthed by bulldozer in
a wooded site in Tigard, OR . In 1990, 5 years later, a city councilman
found Bush's skeletal remains in Tukwila while on a walk. Bush's
killer had crossed state lines. Bush told friends she was moving
Tammie Liles, 16, Marysville,
WA, runaway, found April 23, 1985, near a golf course in Tualatin,
OR. Liles was a prostitute, last seen in downtown at Third Avenue
and Pine Street in Seattle on June 9, 1983.
The skeletal remains,
known only as "Tualatin 1" or "Oregon 1" - A white female 17 - 19
years old discovered April 23, 1985, has never been identified,
her remains were found near Tammie Liles.
Oregon state medical
examiner’s officials in Portland are now unable to locate these
remains. A spokeswoman for the Washington County Sheriff’s
Office in Hillsboro, OR, which investigated the Tualatin crime scene,
said the remains were taken in 1985 by the Multnomah County Medical
Examiner’s Office in Portland, which serves as the Oregon state
medical examiner and is
responsible for keeping remains found in Oregon.
King County medical examiners
received the remains Aug. 21, 1986, from the Multnomah County Medical
Examiner’s Office, said. James Apa, a spokesman for Public
Health Seattle & King County. King County medical examiner’s
officials said an “evidence-transfer forms,” show remains
were returned to Larry Lewman, a deputy Oregon medical examiner.
They were sent
back to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office on Sept.
4, 1987. Lewman signed the form, acknowledging receipt, Apa said.
Lewman, a deputy Oregon
medical examiner, said that even if he found the remains, he wouldn’t
publicly acknowledge his office had them. Lewman said he was unaware
of past police inquiries about the remains. “If
the cops come looking for them, we will” try to find the remains,
In 1997, the Oregon Medical
Examiner's Office wrote to then King County Medical Examiner Donald
Reay "asking for the whereabouts of these remains," Apa said. Green
River investigators tried unsuccessfully to find the Tualatin remains
Ridgway has not been
connected to the Tualatin remains but the bones are believed to
be a victim of the Green River killer.
Copyright Kari Sable 1994-2011