Cold Cases

If you have any information that could help solve these cases, please call Clatsop County Sheriff's Office at (503) 325-8635 or email sheriff [at]  

Tony White


Killed April 9, 2005, by a hit-and-run driver that got away

Knappa, Oregon

Anthony "Tony" White Jr. of Svensen was killed April 9, 2005, by a hit-and-run driver. The 21-year-old man was struck while walking home from a friend's home on Old Highway 30 about one-tenth mile from Svensen Market Road in the rural community of Svensen, east of Astoria. Another motorist found his body in the road and called authorities at 1:12 a.m.

Investigators believe he was struck by a passenger car or small truck, which may have sustained damage on the front or side. Detectives are attempting to locate a vehicle seen in the area described by a witness as a dark-colored, small pickup truck with a roll bar and toolbox in the bed.

Joan Leigh Hall in yellow


Vanished Sept. 30, 1983

Warrenton, Oregon

Joan Leigh Hall was a 17-year-old Warrenton High School senior when she vanished. Her nickname is Joanie.

Hall was last seen around 2 p.m. Sept. 30, 1983, walking on Main Street in Warrenton, Oregon. She was last seen at the Mini-Mart by a boy who gave her a ride from the high school. She told the boy she was going to buy a soft drink and walk the half-mile to Warrenton Grade School, where she helped her aunt, a third-grade teacher. She never showed.

Police from several agencies found no sign of the teen, despite exhaustive searches and interviews, including following up hunches from psychics. Authorities suspected foul play.

Joan Hall older

Hall was a member of an Explorer post sponsored by the Sheriff’s Office and was elected its president the night before her disappearance.

When last seen, she was wearing a green hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, blue jacket and white and maroon sneakers. She was carrying a blue and white backpack and a brown purse.  At the time, she was 5-foot-6, weighed 120 pounds and had brown hair. Her ears are pierced.

Here is an age-progressed photograph showing how Joan Hall might look today. Courtesy of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.