Reward Offered in Merrilee Cooley Homicide – Crime Stoppers Featured Case #17-03

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is asking for the public’s help to solve the homicide of Merrilee Cooley.

68-year-old Merrilee Bonnie Cooley of Johnson City was last seen by her family on December 26, 2016. Two days later she was reported missing to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

On January 5, 2017, the Milwaukie Police Department located Cooley’s car, a black 2010 Kia Optima, in the parking lot of the Miramonte Lodge Apartments on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard. In the trunk officers discovered the body of Merrilee Cooley. The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined that Cooley died of homicidal violence.

There is no suspect information at this time.

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