Family seeks closure in 1996 murder
- Jim Redden
- Portland Tribune - News
Angela Krueger was 20 when she died
The body of 20-year-old Angela Krueger was found in a pool near Dougan Falls in Skamania County on June 2, 1996.
"When I'm there at Dougan Falls, the beauty of being there is just wonderful, I feel close to her," says her mother, Candace Schupp.
Portland Police cold case detectives said a snorkeler spotted something shiny in the murky water of the Washougal river.
"He went down to find it and discovered an arm, the shape of a human," said retired homicide detective Kerry Taylor, who is reviewing the case.
Police said she did not drown, but was murdered. The cause of death was trauma. They believe she was killed elsewhere, then dumped.
Fox 12 reporter Nicole Doll has spent weeks talking to Portland police Cold Case Division detectives about their unsolved cases and going through the files. Her stories are being run every Thursday on the 10 O'clock News in hopes the public can help solve them. This story was broadcast on Dec. 1.
"I still to this day dream, 'Mommy, Mommy, how can you help,' it's tough to have your little girl getting hurt and you can't help her," says Schupp.
Krueger's family says the murder still torments them, especially her daughter, Cassandra, who is now 17 years old.
"So maybe Cassie will have a little closure, she asks all the time, when is this going to be solved?" said Krueger's sister, Jenny Krueger.
Taylor is reviewing the case, He says Krueger was last seen three weeks before her body was found. She was working for a Portland escort service. Her boyfriend, Anthony Wohllaib, told police she left their North Portland home with a client on May 11, 1996.
A police artist created a sketch from Wohllaib's description of the man. But they sketch yielded no viable leads. Because the remains were found in the water, there is no forensic evidence to be re-tested.
Police say someone with information is their best chance at solving the 15-year-old case.
"It's pretty tough to keep that kind of act a secret for life," says Taylor.
Investigators believe there are witnesses who have information vital to the case.
If you can help, call Crimestoppers at 503-823-HELP (4357) or the Portland Police Cold Case Unit at 503-823-0400. There's a $1,000 reward and you can remain anonymous.