Detectives still searching for killer 28 years later

Daniel McDaniel shown in an undated photo provided by Portland Police Bureau.
Daniel McDaniel shown in an undated photo provided by Portland Police Bureau.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A woman known only as “Lee Ann” may be the key witness who homicide detectives have been searching for over the last two decades.

On May 28, 1986, Daniel McDaniel, 34, was found dead in the 600 block of Northwest 14th Avenue, which today, is in the heart of the trendy Pearl District. A motorist driving northbound on NW 14th saw a person lying on the sidewalk on the east side of the street, police said.

Paramedics at the time responded and found the man dead. An autopsy determined McDaniel had been shot.

Police said he was married and had three children.

During an investigation, police learned the name of a 32-year-old man named Federico Vicente Cordova. Officers said Cordova went by the name of “Chico” and has since died. Detectives learned that “Chico’s” girlfriend at the time, a woman known only as “Lee Ann,” may have important information that could be useful in the homicide investigation.

Lee Ann, police said, was described in 1986 as being a white female, 30 to 35 years old, 5’5’’, 150 pounds, with blonde hair coming down to her mid-back.

Cold Case Detectives with the Portland Police Bureau would like to contact and speak with Lee Ann, or with anyone who may be able to identify Lee Ann, or who may have known her at the time of McDaniel’s death.  They would also like to speak to anyone who may have known “Chico” at the time of Mr. McDaniel’s death.

If you have any information regarding the death of McDaniel or the whereabouts or identity of Lee Ann you are encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers at 503-823-HELP.

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