ASHLAND, Ore. — Precisely seven years after the brutal murder of 23-year-old David Grubbs in Ashland, the true perpetrator's trail has long since gone cold. Meanwhile, the reward for information leading to their capture stands at more than $22,000, according to the Ashland Police Department (APD).
On November 19 of 2011, Grubb's body was discovered on a bike path near Hunter Park — just behind Walker Elementary. Grubbs had been walking home from around 5 p.m. when he was attacked. While officers would identify persons of interest, no suspect was ever directly linked to the crime.
At the time, investigators said that a "large sharp-edged object" — like a machete or sword — had been used on Grubbs, causing "near-decapitation."
Grubbs' murder shocked the city, and the APD have held vigil ever since. A page dedicated to the case remains on the City of Ashland's website — including a serious of "reward" flyers that have gradually increased over the years. The City still accepts contributions to the reward fund.
The City's page also includes a series of trips for people out and about, particularly at night:
- Be aware. Look up, make eye contact and be confident.
- Listen to your gut. If you feel in danger, do what you need to do to get to a safe place immediately.
- Don't display expensive jewelry, cameras or other pricey items.
- Know that alcohol and drug use can impair your judgment and that can impact your safety.
- Keep a positive mental attitude. You are strong and can be safe.
Safety When Out
- Tell a friend or family member the "who, what, where and when" so that someone will know where you are and who are with.
- Try to be out with at least one other person.
- If you are meeting with someone you don't know well, meet in a neutral place with other people around.
- Carry enough cash for a phone call and a cab if you need it.
- Never leave your drink unattended and do not let strangers get a drink for you. A predator may see that as an opportunity to drug you.
Safety When Walking Down the Street
- Always keep your dominant hand free (the one with greater strength).
- Avoid unfit, vacant or remote places.
- Change your course of direction if you think you are being followed and head in a direction of safety or where there are other people, if possible.
- Listen to what is going on around you.
- Have your keys out of your pocket or purse before reaching your vehicle or home.
Safety Tips for Walkers and Joggers
- Know where you are running or walking and where help can be accessed.
- Know your start and end points and the precise path you are taking before you depart.
- Tell a friend or family member where you are running or hiking, the path you expect to take and how long you expect to be.
- Always keep your eyes up - don't look at the ground. If you are passing someone, make eye contact and stay confident.
- Always walk or jog against traffic, so you can always see what is coming.
- Listen to what is going on around you - listening to music can not only be distracting, but takes away one of your most valuable defenses.
- Don't go off the beaten path. While it can be invigorating to explore off the beaten path, try to do that when you are with a "buddy" or friend. Don't explore unknown territory on your own. Also, parks or marked paths will often have rangers or other hikers/runners in the area, and that provides another line of security.
- Take a cell phone and whistle with you. These can be used to hail for help if you need it.
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