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Cold-case story will appear on local TV

A Portland television station's broadcast on a cold-case investigation seeking the identity of a little boy found in Keene Creek Reservoir 46 years ago has garnered new tips for Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

And the story will now air locally — at 11 tonight on KDRV Channel 12 and again on the station's morning show Monday.

It is also available on the Web site of KOIN, Channel 6, a Portland CBS affiliate, at www.koinlocal6.com/content/mediacenter/default.aspx.

"We've already gotten a few interesting calls," sheriff's department Detective Sgt. Colin Fagan said, today in the wake of Thursday's broadcast on KOIN in Portland.

Fagan said he had exchanged phone messages with two women who each claimed to have answers or connections to the case, but hadn't talked to them yet.

The case of a toddler found bound in a weighted bundle in the reservoir in the mountains east of Ashland in July 1963 was stuck in storage for decades until sheriff's department volunteer special investigator Jim Tattersall discovered it in old files. He, Fagan and Jackson County Deputy Medical Examiner Tim Pike took up the case.

They exhumed the body, which was buried in an unmarked grave at Hillcrest Memorial Park, collected DNA, had a facial reconstruction image created and asked the public to delve into their memories.

— Anita Burke