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Witnesses still sought in Grubbs case

2 seen near Mountain View Cemetery at time of murder not suspects
 Posted: 2:00 AM December 14, 2011

Investigators on the David Michael Grubbs murder are still seeking a person who was riding a bicycle on the bike path in the area of the Mountain View Cemetery around 5 p.m. and another person who was in the same area at about 5:15 p.m.

Police do not consider these people to be suspects, but potential witnesses.

A reward fund set up for the anyone who can provide information that leads to an arrest in the Grubbs homicide case has reached $1,375, said Medford Police Chief Tim George.

Anyone who wants to contribute to the fund can mail a check to the Medford Police Department, 411 W. Eighth St., with attention to Ruth Cox.

Checks can be made payable to "Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon for Grubbs reward."

The Ashland Police Department estimates to have spent $7,000 on overtime hours providing extra patrols in Ashland since Grubbs was killed, and another $8,000 on detectives' overtime work on the case.

The Medford Police Department has spend about $7,200 on the same expenses supporting the APD through the investigation, said George. The Jackson County Sheriff's Department spent about $7,000 providing extra patrols.

Grubbs, 23, was found murdered on the Central Ashland Bike Path near the Hunter Park tennis courts at about 5:35 p.m. Nov. 19. An autopsy showed that he had been struck by a weapon with a medium to large blade, police said.

Detectives also would like to talk with anyone who was on the bike path between Wightman Street and the Clay Street overpass between 4 and 6 p.m. Nov. 19. Those who used that stretch of path at that time or know someone who did are asked to contact the Ashland Police Department at 541-482-5211 or leave an anonymous message on the tip line at 541-552-2333.

Reach reporter Sam Wheeler at 541-499-1470 or email swheeler@dailytidings.com.


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