Her name was Daisy and it suited her; Daisy Motley was adored by her family and neighbors.
"She was just living her life, getting by," said Mike Stahlman, a retired Portland police detective, who recently reviewed the Motley case.
May 7, 1979 was an ordinary Monday in Motley's northeast Portland neighborhood. At the age of 64, Motley lived alone in an apartment at an apartment complex in the 600 block of Northeast Brazee Street.
"She had been seen by some friends, talked to some people that day, she'd been seen at a grocery store nearby," he said. "She had walked there, got some groceries and come home."
Portland police cold case investigators said Motley had talked to her daughter that night, and told her she was taking an aspirin and planned to go to bed.
Then, the next morning, police said, the apartment complex manager got an anonymous call from someone who said there had been a disturbance inside the apartment. They said the manager used his pass key to get in and that's when he found her body.
"She was bound, there was sign of struggle, she'd been sexually assaulted and she'd been stabbed." Stahlman said. "It was brutal. She didn't deserve it, certainly."
Investigators said there was no sign of forced entry; the doors and windows were locked. So it appears Motley may have unwittingly opened the door to her killer.
Detectives shared some of the evidence with FOX 12, but most of the photos were too disturbing to show. There was a footprint found in soft dirt, but they said it could be unrelated. They also said there wasn't a pattern of similar attacks at the time.
There were, however, forensic samples that are being re-tested.
As for what kind of person would brutalize a sweet senior like Daisy Motley?
"A predator, somebody (who's) angry. Somebody, looking for an opportunity," Stahlman said.
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