3 weeks after death, reward offered for witnesses

William "Cougar" Burleigh, 38, died of injuries "consistent with a fall," Oregon State Medical Examiner finds

Cougar Burleigh, 38. (Portland Police Bureau)
Cougar Burleigh, 38. (Portland Police Bureau)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — More than three weeks after a was man who was found unconscious outside the Portland Rescue Mission died, Portland police are calling for witnesses.

William “Cougar” Burleigh, 38, died of injuries “consistent with a fall,” the Oregon State Medical Examiner found.

The Portland Police Bureau said in a Nov. 4 statement that several suspects were in the area at the time of the incident, and witnesses told police Burleigh was involved in a confrontation and fell to the ground.

PPB homicide detectives, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, are asking for anyone with information about Burleigh’s actions, or who was near the Portland Rescue Mission at 111 West Burnside, leading up to the events of roughly 3:30 a.m. October 12, to come forward.

Medical personnel were attending to Burleigh, who at the time was found with no identification, unresponsive, and suffering from a head injury, police said Nov. 4.

Willamette Week reports Burleigh, a Washington State employee visiting from Olympia, was barhopping in the leadup to suffering a severe head wound.

At the time of the October 23 report, Willamette Week reported police believed no crime had occurred, and declined to release 911 calls related to the incident.

Burleigh was later identified by PPB officials.

Officers who arrived to the scene just before 3:30 a.m. October 12 were not approached by any witnesses, police said in the Nov. 4 statement.

Anyone with additional information about this investigation, including anyone in the neighborhood who saw or heard anything, should contact detectives.

Tips, including those obtained from social media, can be submitted to PPB detectives, or anonymously via Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online

Text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

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