MEDFORD, Ore. — Caution tape stretched from 8th St. to 10th St. Sunday morning in Medford as police investigated the death of a Valley Cab driver. Medford resident Jamie Adams happened to be passing by when he noticed the caution tape surrounding a cab he knew all too well.
“Gut feeling when I heard what had happened, it was gut wrenching. The possibility of it being your friend just took the wind out of my sails,” said Adams.
Adams says he’s known the victim, 58 year-old William Roy Huson, since they were children. He says Huson had been a cab driver off and on for about fifteen years.
“He could get a laugh out of anybody. If you were in a bad mood or just kind of hum drum, he’d get you cheered up,” said Adams.
Police say Valley Cab reported Huson missing just after 1 a.m. Sunday morning after not hearing from him since 10:40 p.m. Saturday night. Police found Huson’s cab empty in a parking lot near 9th St. and Almond St. Only a couple hours later, Huson’s body was found miles away in a field off Helo Drive off Vilas Road.
“What’s important right now is we don’t have a suspect. We need witness information and let us decide if it’s valid or not. There’s no such thing as bad information in a case like this,” said Medford Police Chief Tim George.
Police urge anyone who was in the area where the cab was last known to be, at Howie’s in downtown Medford, to come forward with any information that could help the investigation.
“People’s memories fade as time goes on. What they saw today or they saw last night or earlier this morning may not seem significant to them so it is to us,” said Chief George.
Adams says he will always remember Huson for his generosity and love for rock and roll.
“Huey was a great guy, he’ll always be remembered as one of the biggest hearts in Medford,” said Adams.