Police seek man with pockmarks who entered slain man's taxicab

Investigators say they are looking for a pock-faced white male seen Saturday in downtown Medford entering the taxi of a Talent cabbie found shot dead the next morning in what police believe was a murder-robbery.

Medford police developed the information Monday as they probed the slaying of 58-year-old William Roy "Huey" Huson on Saturday, his birthday.

Huson's body was found early Sunday in a field off Helo Way, and investigators said he was shot in the head and robbed.

The possible suspect was described as a white male with fair complexion, about 25 to 35 years old, 6 feet 1 inch 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 170 to 190 pounds, police said.

He was last seen wearing a black ball cap, a black "Carhartt-style" coat and jeans.

The suspect has acne or a pock-marked face, "and that was something that was unusual," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said. "We're hoping that's something somebody can key on.

"We're hoping the description jars the memory" of people who were in the downtown area Saturday night or those who may know the man, Budreau said.

There was no witness information describing the suspect's hair, Budreau said.

The man was seen about 10:40 p.m. entering Huson's Valley Cab car near Howiee's on Front Street in downtown Medford, but Budreau declined to say how many witnesses put the suspect in the cab.

Investigators were unsure if he was ever in Howiee's, Budreau said.

"He could have been in any of several downtown businesses opened at that time," Budreau said.

Anyone who saw the suspect matching the description or have information on the case are asked to telephone Medford police at 541-770-4783. Tips also can be submitted anonymously online at www.tipsubmit.com.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or email at mfreeman@mailtribune.com.

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