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Police launch cold case homicide playing cards

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The Portland Police Bureau is launching its second edition of cold case homicide playing cards.

Police hope these cards will lead to tips that could help solve some of these cold cases, but this time the deck of cards will be available to the public.

The second deck of cold case cards features 52 unsolved homicides that date back several decades.

Fox 12 has featured 27 of these cases in our weekly cold case unit, and that includes the story of Robert Duncan and Renee Harvey.

It's a simple way of spreading information about victims whose killers have never been caught.

The cold case playing cards were first introduced in 2009, and police say those cards did help solve one case so far.

This second set of cards profiles 40 cases not featured in the first deck.

"My uncle was murdered 22 years ago, and it's so comforting to know he's not been forgotten," said Marilyn Boyle-Kent, Duncan's niece.

Fox 12 featured Duncan's story last year as cold case detectives tried to figure out who killed Duncan on Sept. 16, 1991.

On that day, investigators say he was working as a custodian at Sunnyside Elementary School in southeast Portland.

"He simply went out that day to raise the American flag in front of the school, and a tragedy happened to him," added Boyle-Kent.

Police say Duncan was confronted, robbed and fatally stabbed in the heart.

"It's important we never forget the victims of unsolved crimes, in the interest of crime prevention and deterrence," said Chris Girard, CEO of Plaid Pantry.

Plaid Pantry is teaming up with the police bureau to sell these cards to the public.

Investigators hope that will help lead to even more tips, to help solve some of the cases like the one of Renee Harvey.

She was found strangled to death in her southeast Portland apartment on Jan. 15, 1988.

Several days before her murder someone had burglarized her apartment, which scared her and made her decide to move out.

Police say on Jan. 15 friends didn't hear from her, and began to worry.

One of them went to check on her, and she described what she found.

"I had planned to help her pack that evening, and when I showed up at her place I found her laying in the bathroom," said Harvey's friend.

In this case police could not link the burglary to the murder.

Each one of these victims has their own story, and all their information will be available on these cards.

The decks typically are distributed out in jails and prisons across the state.

Starting in early August, the public can buy the cards for $2.99 a pack at your local Plaid Pantry.

Plaid Pantry paid the cost of these cards, and will sell them in every store to raise money for future decks.

Police have posted the cards on a website:


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