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Cold Case: Teen found strangled in locked, vacant NE home

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It has been almost 29 years since a 14-year-old girl was found murdered in a locked, vacant home in northeast Portland and the case remains unsolved.

Portland Police Bureau cold case investigators said the victim, Angella Anderson, was sexually assaulted and strangled. 

They said a realtor showing the empty home to potential buyers discovered the girl's body on the floor of an upstairs bedroom of the house in the 400 block of northeast Going street on September 22, 1983.

"There was a lock box on the door and realtors were periodically showing the house," said Mike Stahlman, the investigator reviewing the case.  "And she was in the upstairs bedroom on the floor."

An autopsy later revealed she had been strangled and that sexual assault may have been the motive for the crime. 

"She was partially disrobed," Stahlman said. "In my heart of hearts, I believe that was what happened, if that wasn't the only motive. It was part of what was going on."

Detectives said Anderson was last seen on September 5, 1983.  They said Anderson was a troubled girl, living in a foster home, who frequently ran away and was gone for days at a time.

After her body was discovered, it took detectives weeks to identify her. Police even had a sketch made to help them.

There were reports from neighbors that the vacant house was being used for drugs and prostitution.

Detectives did talk to Anderson's friends to try and reconstruct her activities, who the girl may have been with, but no arrests were made.

"I know there are people out there in the community who know precisely what happened and who did what," Stahlman said.

And what detectives didn't have nearly 30 years ago, technology, may be the key to solving the case.

Stahlman says forensic evidence from the crime scene was well-preserved. It is currently being re-tested at the Oregon State Police crime lab.

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