UPDATED: Police searching properties as part of Grubbs murder case

3:30 p.m.: Ashland police are searching an apartment at 72 Wightman Ave., Ashland, as part of the Grubbs murder investigation, Lt. Tighe O'Meara has confirmed.

The apartment is part of Southern Oregon University's family student housing complex. About five or six officers were on scene searching the residence, O'Meara said.

12:20 p.m.:Police and search and rescue volunteers from across the region are combing a property on the outskirts of Talent, serving one of three search warrants related to the David Grubbs homicide case.

Updated 1 p.m.: Police said they are acting on a tip and are searching for evidence.

Investigators said the warrants were being served at 225 Rapp Road, at a house in Ashland and on a vehicle that was in the possession of Ashland police.

Fifty officers are involved in the searches, Ashland police chief Terry Holderness said.

"Just because we're searching doesn't mean the person who did this lives at one of these locations. We've issued several search warrants in this case already," said Holderness, "we obviously have somebody in mind or we wouldn't be serving search warrants."

On the corner of Rapp Road and Rapp Lane, crews of people can be seen working across the field with metal detectors while dive teams from two counties search a body of water located on the property.

Officials said they arrived at the 18-acre Rapp Road property at 10:30 this morning and will continue working on the search "until we're done."

Leonard Parrish, whom Jackson County property records list as the owner, confirmed that officers were on his property, but he wasn't present when they arrived.

"That's my property and I don't have a clue what's going on," he said.

— Mandy Valencia


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