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'70s cold case murders linked to sex offender

A Texas man has been arrested in two previously unsolved Oregon murders.
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BROWNSVILLE, Tex. -- A Texas man has been arrested in two previously unsolved Oregon murders.

Jeffrey Paul Cutlip, 63, called police in Brownsville, Texas to admit his involvement in a 1975 and 1977 homicide in Portland.

Cutlip appeared in court Tuesday morning. He is accused of strangling 44-year-old Marlene Claire Carlson in 1975. She was found dead in her apartment at 715 Southwest 15th Avenue on August 6 after vanishing about a week earlier.

The second murder linked to Cutlip dates back to April 4, 1977, when 15-year-old Julie Marie Bennett went missing and was found dead two days later in Johnson Creek.

A background check conducted by KGWalso revealed that Cutlip was convicted back in 1982 of burglary and sex abuse. He served time and was listed as a predatory sex offender after his release.

Cold case investigators from Portland traveled to Texas over the weekend to take Cutlip into custody. He is now awaiting extradition to Portland.