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Cold case: Man shot, killed while reading newspaper

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Cold case investigators are asking for tips about the murder of a rental property manager shot and killed in his living room.

The roommate of Eugene Woolf found the 88-year-old dead in his home on North Maryland on March 26, 2005.

"She went to a neighbor in the morning because the phone wasn't working," said Mike Stahlman, a retired Portland police detective who is investigating the cold case. "[She] was distraught about what she'd found. She got up and found him that way."

Woolf was sitting in his recliner with a newspaper on his lap. He wearing his glasses and his slippers were off.

The phone lines to the house were disconnected, and the sliding door in the kitchen was left open.

There were no signs of forced entry, but police found evidence Woolf's killer was in the backyard for awhile.

"It suggests they went there intending to do something in the house," said Stahlman. "Didn't want to be seen. Didn't want to be caught."

The original investigators thought Woolf may have known his killer because his relatives said he would not let anyone in the house who he did not know.

But Stahlman said it is also possible Woolf did not even get up to answer the door.

"Whoever did it likely talked to someone," Stahlman said. "Someone is holding a secret for someone. So hopefully they'll do the right thing and come forward."

If you have any information about this crime, you can call Portland police at 503-823-0000 or leave a tip on the Portland police website

You can also leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at, text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

Visit to download the Crime Stoppers app for the iPhone or Droid.

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