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OSP Crime Lab DNA Analysis Helps Solve 1989 Homicide
The following is a Portland Police Bureau news release
On July 5, 2012, a Multnomah County Grand Jury indicted 57-year-old Roberto Garcia-Lopez for Murder in connection with a 1989 homicide in northeast Portland.
On November 28, 1989, Portland Police Bureau Homicide Detectives began an investigation into the death of a 33-year-old male transient, Kuen Yin Ng, found on the rocky shores of the Willamette River, north of the Burnside Bridge under the Interstate 5 ramp to Interstate 84.
Cold Case Homicide Unit Detectives began reviewing the case in May 2010 and worked with the Oregon State Police Crime Lab to re-examine evidence in the case. Ultimately, DNA evidence identified Garcia-Lopez as the suspect.
Garcia-Lopez is currently in the Salt Lake County (UT) Jail on unrelated charges of Aggravated Murder, Aggravated Sexual Assault and Aggravated Robbery.
The Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit is comprised of a Sergeant and four Detectives who are assisted by several retired investigators who volunteer their time and are now working under a Federal grant sponsored by the US Department of Justice and the National Institute for Justice.
The Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit has a close partnership with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office. Deputy District Attorneys Ryan Lufkin and Bob Leineweber are the prosecutors on this case.
The Portland Police Bureau Cold Case Homicide Unit's slogan is: "We don't give up. We never give up." The Portland Police Bureau has nearly 300 unsolved murders dating back to 1969.