The Portland Police Bureau’s Cold Case Division has solved a 26-year-old homicide case.
This morning, Portland Police Cold Case Homicide Detectives arrested 56-year-old Frederick Alvin Richey and charged him with one count of Murder in the 1984 homicide case that took the life of Francis Marie Waites who was 28-years-old at the time of her death. Detectives arrested Richey in Gresham, Oregon and were assisted by the US Marshall’s Office during the arrest.
Ms. Waites was found murdered in her residence located at 5258 NE 24th Avenue on March 23, 1984. The Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Ms. Waites died from multiple stab wounds.
Retired Detectives from the Bureau’s Cold Case Unit began reviewing this case in 2008 and it was assigned to a primary Detective in 2009. The Oregon State Police Crime Laboratory reported a DNA hit to Detectives in 2009 and investigators followed up on the DNA lead.
Richey is being held at the Multnomah County Jail in downtown Portland and will be arraigned tomorrow in a Multnomah County Courtroom.