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Portland police make arrest in cold case murder investigation from 1987

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland police have arrested a suspect in a 28-year-old cold case.

Homer Lee Jackson, 55, will be booked into Multnomah County Jail on an aggravated murder charge Friday.

Cold case detectives say Jackson killed Latanga Watts in 1987.

FOX 12 profiled the case this summer.

Detectives believe Watts was strangled to death, then her body was dumped in a field next to the north end of the Going Street pedestrian bridge.

Watts was last spotted on Union Avenue, now known at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, on the night of March 17, 1987, where investigators believe she worked as a prostitute.

Police said Watts, a mother of three, was a nice girl who had fallen into drug use and prostitution.

“I think it's very likely that the reason she was victimized is because she's a prostitute and because it's believed that nobody cares,” Det. Jim Lawrence told FOX 12 in a previous interview. “It was a very dangerous time in the 80s to be involved in prostitution from the prostitute's side of things.”

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