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Detectives seek tips, answers in cold case strangling of woman in downtown Portland

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland police cold case detectives continue to search for the person strangled a local mom to death 14 years ago.

They're now calling on the public to help them close this case.

Christine Lawson's body was found in the early morning hours of June 10, 2003. A security guard discovered her in the doorway of a building on Northwest 2nd Avenue near Couch Street.

"It's been very hard on me not knowing why this person did this, it was terrible. It just seems like still, to this day, that it just happened yesterday," said Lawson's daughter Shanna Huff.

Investigators said based on evidence they found at the scene, they think it's likely Lawson was murdered somewhere else.  

"She was potentially murdered under the Steel Bridge and her body was moved to the location where she was found," said Detective Meredith Hopper.

Tracking down witnesses from two different locations proved to be somewhat challenging for the original detectives and they said the lifestyle Lawson was living made their search even more difficult.

Investigators said she was addicted to crack cocaine and turned to prostitution to pay for her drug habits.

"We think one theory was that she was killed in a drug deal gone bad, or she potentially tried to steal crack cocaine from someone and was killed, but we don't know if that's true," said Hopper.

Detectives said they developed a person of interest in the case at one point over the course of the investigation, but they lacked the evidence to make an arrest. They're hopeful over the years Lawson's killer shared information with others who may now be willing to come forward with what they know. 

"I just want the person, or the people that know anything to come forward and give my mom justice. I want answers, I want to know the details of what happened," said Huff.  

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved homicide and tipsters can remain anonymous. Information about any unsolved homicide is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500.

Information learned from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube should be shared as these tips may lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects. Links can be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

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