PORTLAND – Cold case investigators have a new tool to help crack unsolved mysteries: decks of cards that will feature photos and stories about Northwest murder victims.
The cold-case playing cards will be handed out at jails and prisons. They will also be sold at Plaid Pantry stores throughout Multnomah County, Washington County, Clackamas County and Clark County.
Investigators hope the photos and personal stories will jog someone’s memory and bring them fresh tips on any of the 50 murder cases featured in the decks.
Families of the murder victims said the cards have also helped them to know that even though the cases remain unsolved, their loved ones have not been forgotten.
“When a decade goes by and you hear nothing, you just feel like everything's been lost,” said Marilyn Boyle. "Then all of the sudden you get this call, that they're going to make the cards, and you think - oh, he's going to be remembered."
Boyle’s uncle Robert Duncan was murdered 22 years ago in front of a Portland Elementary School while he was raising the American Flag. His card is now the nine of spades in the cold case deck.
Proceeds from the sale of the cards will go back into the cost of producing more cards.