Homicide Detectives are continuing their search for 20-year-old Raymundo Marquez-Vela in connection with the August 12th stabbing death of 47-year-old Merle Graham. Detectives have information to believe the suspect is still in the Portland Area, and are asking for the public’s help in locating him.

Call Crime Stoppers at (503) 823-HELP (4357) or 9-1-1, if you know where police can find Raymundo Marquez-Vela.

Shortly before he died, the victim and other area residents heard the sounds of a domestic disturbance in the area. The victim walked over towards the argument to provide assistance and became involved in an altercation with the suspect. During the altercation, the victim was stabbed to death.

Vela is described as Hispanic male, 5’11”, 180 pounds with black hair, and brown eyes. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office has issued a Murder warrant for Marquez-Vela in connection with the homicide. Vela is considered armed and dangerous.

Additionally, Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case – or any unsolved felony – and you remain anonymous. Call Crime Stoppers at (503) 823-HELP (4357) or 9-1-1, if you know where the suspect is located.

Detectives continue to seek witnesses who may have information on this investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jim McCausland at (503) 823-0449 or Detective Steve Ober at (503) 823-4033.

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