The Portland Police Bureau's cold case unit says it has solved a 2002 homicide case.
However, the suspect, James Follett, died of a drug overdose two years ago.
The investigation started on Jan. 22, 2002, when police and paramedics found 66-year-old Jack Jones suffering from visible head trauma at a home in the 3700 block of Southeast Division Street.
Homicide investigators had little information to go on, and the case went cold.
In 2011, however, cold case detectives received new information from two sources, both claiming that then-37-year-old Follett had admitted to killing Jones.
Follett's name came up in the original investigation, but there was no witness corroboration to successfully link him to the homicide.
Detectives said they were able to corroborate the new information and learned the motive appeared to be a robbery. Follett was a heavy drug user, police said, and prior to the homicide he had asked for money from neighbors.
Follett died in December 2010.
A Portland police spokesman said the case serves as an example of how witness information can be key to solving cases.
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