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Cold case: Bicycle may be key to solving deadly shooting Portland man

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Cold case detectives continue working to solve the killing of Timm Kruger in 1997. Cold case detectives continue working to solve the killing of Timm Kruger in 1997.
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Cold case investigators think Timm Kruger's bicycle may be the key to finding his killer. Cold case investigators think Timm Kruger's bicycle may be the key to finding his killer.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A Portland man was shot to death on a dark street 18 years ago and cold case investigators think his bicycle may be the key to finding his killer.

The body of Timm Kruger, 38, was discovered by a newspaper delivery man on September 29, 1997.

Portland Police cold case detectives reviewed details of the case with Fox 12 in hopes of generating new leads.

“Timm had brothers, had a mom and dad who still love him to this day and would like to know the answers,” said Det. Eric McDaniel.

Kruger was an avid bike rider who worked at Freightliner.

He was found on the sidewalk at North Haight Avenue, just north of Killingsworth Street.

He was shot several times between 2:30 and 3 a.m.

Neighbors did not hear anything before the shots were fired.

There’s a vague description of a car leaving the scene. It was described as an older model, small to mid-size four door car with a light-colored roof and hood.

With not much else to go on, cold case investigators are focusing on Kruger’s bike, a light blue GT.

They would like to hear from anyone who saw a person on that bike having a confrontation with someone in a car.

“His bicycle was actually at the scene of the murder, laying down, adjacent to his body,” McDaniel said.

When the original investigators retraced his final steps, they learned Kruger was spotted at two bars the day before he was killed.

He was at a bar called the Blue Parrot, which used to be located on North Lombard, between 3 and 4 p.m. on September 28, 1997.

He was at Shanny’s Tavern, which used to be located on North Greeley Avenue, between 10 p.m. and midnight.

Kruger was alone at both bars and staff told police he was not involved in confrontations at either place.

He rode his bike to both bars.

McDaniel said there may have been a second person with Kruger’s killer the night of the murder, or others out there with information that can solve the crime.

“This one, I believe was talked about, he said, “and people, if they weren't witnesses to it, they certainly heard from the participants as to what happened.”

If you have any information about this crime, contact Det. Eric McDaniel at eric.mcdaniel@portlandoregon.gov.

You can call Portland Police at (503) 823-0000 or leave a tip on the Portland police website. You can also leave an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip online at crimestoppersoforegon.com, 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 www.tipsoft.com to download the Crime Stoppers app for the iPhone or Droid.

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