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  1. #1
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    Oct 2009

    OR - Donna Kuzmaak, 23, Portland, 21 March 1979

    Murder occurred March 21, 1979.

    Mar 18, 2014
    "On the day Kuzmaak was killed, Mitchell arrived home from work at 4:30 p.m. Kuzmaak had left work 90 minutes earlier.

    He noticed the couple's dogs were acting strangely and a dish of leftover manicotti sat out.

    "Whoever was there may have got it out to distract the dogs, that's the only thing I could think of," he said.

    Mitchell found Kuzmaak in the basement. She was beaten, strangled, stabbed and sexually assaulted.

    Mitchell later noticed one of the dogs was stabbed as well, likely trying to protect her.

    "She fought very hard," said Mike Stahlman, a retired detective now volunteering the Portland Police Bureau's Cold Case unit. "There was evidence that she did fight but was just overcome at some point."

    Stahlman, who was a new police officer at the time Kuzmaak was killed, recalled the thorough investigation and the search for the killer at the time.

    He reviewed two of the original leads with Fox 12.

    A neighbor saw a man in front of Kuzmaak's home either the day of the murder or the day before. The neighbor worked with police to put together a composite of the man using stock "Identi-Kit" facial features.

    Police also matched bloody footprints found in the basement to a pair of Aspen Trailfinder hiking boots. The shoes were fairly common and sold at several stores in Portland at the time

    Read more: http://www.kptv.com/story/24999578/c...#ixzz3QEkvUUSU

  2. #2
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    Aug 2008
    New Orleans, LA

    On March 21, 1979, at approximately 4:30 pm, Donna Kuzmaak’s husband returned to his residence in the 3300 Blk of SE 13th from work. Expecting Donna to be home, he noticed a number of items in his residence out of place or askew. He began to search his residence for his wife.

    Donna Kuzmaak was a 26 year old white female. She was athletic and played soccer and softball. She had attended the University of Oregon, studying biology and liberal arts. She worked in real estate for E.G. Stassens and Company, located at 49th and SE Powell. She left work that day between 3 and 3:30 pm. She was described as being friendly and cordial.

    Donna’s husband found her in the residence. She had obviously been viciously assaulted. He felt for a pulse and listened at her chest to try and hear a heart beat. There was none.

    Investigators followed up on numerous leads to no avail.

    Witnesses may contact Cold Case Homicide Unit investigators directly at (503) 823-0400. To remain anonymous, witnesses may provide information through Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

    Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

    Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared with investigators as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared directly with investigators or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

    Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at http://crimestoppersoforegon.com/submit_online_tip.php text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

    Visit http://www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers App for the iPhone or Droid.

    This case was also featured on KPTV: http://www.kptv.com/story/24999578/c...ad-in-basement


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  3. #3
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    Oct 2009
    Just found a reference to Donna in a book concerning so-called, "good" and "bad" murders.
    This moving excerpt in the book, is written by Donna's Mother..

    "The Relativity of Deviance"
    By John Curra

  4. #4
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    Oct 2009
    Hopefully someone might recognize the composite of the poi, the person who brutalized Donna, surely has committed other crimes, before and after this one,imo.

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