Cold Case Rewards Offered

Public’s help sought in two separate deaths

The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public's help to solve the homicide of a black man killed in North Portland's Eliot Neighborhood in 2015 and cracking open the case of another black man killed in southeast Portland last month.

On Nov. 11, 2015, at 3:16 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a shooting at North Vancouver Avenue and Fargo Street. Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the victim, 26-year-old Laray William Seamster, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Seamster was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment but died shortly after arrival.

Witnesses have told police that two younger black males were involved in the shooting and ran out of the area, possibly leaving in a silver vehicle.

The second cold case dates to Oct. 7, 2018, when police responded to Southeast 94th Avenue after multiple people called 9-1-1- to report gunfire. When officers arrived, they located Izryl T. Johnson, 21, in the street suffering from gunshot wounds.

Officers provided Johnson emergency medical aid until paramedics arrived at the scene. Ultimately, paramedics were unable to save Johnson and he died at the scene. There is no suspect information in this case.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous. 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. You can call 503-823-HELP or submit an anonymous tip by visiting the App Store and download P3 Tips to submit secure and anonymous tips.