If you’d like to dig deeper into the number of homicides in Oregon each year, you can visit the websites of many local, state, and even federal law enforcement organizations, who often publish comprehensive crime reports. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, in addition to many of Oregon’s law enforcement agencies, creates and publishes a yearly Uniform Crime Report that presents detailed information and statistics on different types of crime and crime rates for every state in the United States, which also includes the stats for many counties and cities in Oregon.
Another fantastic resource is Project: Cold Case, who, in a partnership with The Murder Accountability Project, has produced a comprehensive list of the statistics of unsolved homicides in each state which were committed from 1980 to 2019. According to that list, there were approximately 5,671 homicides in Oregon during the nearly 40-year time frame. Looking further, about 3,782 of those murders were solved during the same time period, leaving law enforcement with about 1,889 murders unsolved in Oregon as of the chart’s latest update. In addition to Project: Cold Case’s informational unsolved homicide statistics website, their website also hosts a database of almost 25,000 unsolved homicide cases across the United States, in addition to several government agencies and law enforcement agencies across Oregon, who provide their own cold case lists.
The 1988 murder of Deborah Atrops, the 1975 murder of Camille Foss, the 2006 murder of William Andrew Corpe, the 2009 murder of Joseph Patrick Haley, and the 1972 murder of Alma Jean Barra, as well as the unsolved 1999 disappearance of Teresa Davidson-Murphy, are some examples of currently unsolved murders in northern Oregon which may be found to be a part of the lists or databases previously mentioned. The 1970 double murder of Julie and Terry Dade, the 2005 murder of Angela Wilson, the 1975 murder of Shirley Wallace, the 1995 murder of Koni Lynn Berry, and the 1977 murder of Dennis Scott Cole, as well as the 2005 disappearance of Wendy Marie Dehoop, are a few examples of an additional category of unsolved crimes in Oregon: unsolved central Oregon murders.
An additional category of cases you may find on these websites or databases includes several unsolved murders in Salem, Oregon, including the 1970 murder of Laurel Wilson, the 1970 murder of Erika Payne, the 2008 murder of Jerry Harvey Davis, the 2001 murder of Bricio Munoz-Aguirre, and the 1992 murder of Marjorie M. Wells. Another grouping of cases within the list of cold cases on multiple law enforcement websites includes unsolved murders in Marion County, Oregon. Some additional examples of these types of cases include the 1972 murder of Barbara Bryson, the 1975 murder of Tina Migis, the 1987 murder of Norbert Henry Gilles, and the 1992 murder of Marie Maureen Wagner, which can be found within various lists and databases.