Police say man found injured in SE Portland in January died of his injuries

Cody Denney. (Family Photo)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A man who was found critically injured and unconscious in Southeast Portland in January died of his injuries, Portland police told KATU News Tuesday.

Cody Denney was found lying unconscious on the morning of Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 near Southeast 92nd Avenue and Southeast Knapp Street, according to a family spokesperson.

Police couldn’t immediately identify the man. They released a sketch on Saturday, Jan. 26. Ultimately, that sketch, along with a description of his tattoos, helped police turn the John Doe into Cody Denney.

Nikki Riggs, a close family friend, said she saw posts about the unidentified man on Facebook and helped identify him as Denney.

Riggs told KATU News that Denney was placed in a medically-induced coma at the hospital.

Riggs said family members know next to nothing about what happened. Riggs believes it happened between about 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. Friday. She said his injuries suggest some sort of altercation.

“We really, really need answers,” Riggs said. “Even if you’re scared or worried, we just want to know why. We ask you (to) come forward, talk to police. We're angry, but we're not so angry we can't forgive.”

Police are still seeking anyone with information on Denney’s activities during the early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 25. Anyone with information should call (503) 823-0400.

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