Police are looking for personal items stolen from a cab driver's taxi the night he was killed.
Investigators have been trying to find the property since William "Huey" Huson's cab was found unoccupied in a parking lot near Ninth and Almond streets Sunday, Oct. 21. Huson's body was later found in a field near Helo Drive off Vilas Road. He had died from a gunshot wound to the head, officials said.
Police are looking for a black leather shaving bag that Huson used to carry personal items including an electronic Cig2o vapor cigarette, a brown, bi-fold leather wallet, which held Huson's identification and some paperwork, and an undisclosed amount of cash.
"This is property that was stolen by the suspect during the incident," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.
Police are still looking for a suspect. One witness on the downtown street where Huson picked up his final passenger described a white male 25 to 35 years old between 6 feet 1 inches and 6 feet 2 inches in height and weighing between 170 and 190 pounds who was seen getting into a cab. The man is described as having pockmarks on his face, and was wearing a black baseball cap, black coat and jeans.
Police said they have already combed portions of the bike path near Ninth and Almond streets with county search-and-rescue volunteers looking for the items taken from Huson, suspecting that the killer might have discarded them after leaving the cab. They have also received 139 tips on the case.
Though nearly two weeks have gone by since the incident, police say there is still a lot of investigative work to do, including forensic analysis of evidence and possible additional video footage.
"We are still optimistic that we are going to solve this case," Budreau said. "There is still a ton of work that needs to be done that we are getting to just as fast as we can."
A $1,500 reward for information that leads to an arrest has been put up by Crimestoppers and an anonymous donor. To submit a tip, visit either www.tipsubmit.com or call 541-770-4783.
"This is a very serious crime to happen in our town, and it's not something people, I think, will accept," Budreau said.
— Ryan Pfeil