Search for Suspect in 7-Year-Old Ashland Murder Case Carries $22K Reward

Seven years ago today, someone brutally murdered David Grubbs in Ashland. The case has since gone cold.

Posted: Nov 19, 2018 2:56 PM
Updated: Nov 19, 2018 3:00 PM

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:

Basic Safety

  1. Be aware. Look up, make eye contact and be confident.
  2. Listen to your gut. If you feel in danger, do what you need to do to get to a safe place immediately.
  3. Don't display expensive jewelry, cameras or other pricey items.
  4. Know that alcohol and drug use can impair your judgment and that can impact your safety.
  5. Keep a positive mental attitude. You are strong and can be safe.

Safety When Out

  1. Tell a friend or family member the "who, what, where and when" so that someone will know where you are and who are with.
  2. Try to be out with at least one other person.
  3. If you are meeting with someone you don't know well, meet in a neutral place with other people around.
  4. Carry enough cash for a phone call and a cab if you need it.
  5. 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

  1. Always keep your dominant hand free (the one with greater strength).
  2. Avoid unfit, vacant or remote places.
  3. 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.
  4. Listen to what is going on around you.
  5. Have your keys out of your pocket or purse before reaching your vehicle or home.

Safety Tips for Walkers and Joggers

  1. Know where you are running or walking and where help can be accessed.
  2. Know your start and end points and the precise path you are taking before you depart.
  3. 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.
  4. Always keep your eyes up - don't look at the ground. If you are passing someone, make eye contact and stay confident.
  5. Always walk or jog against traffic, so you can always see what is coming.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Take a cell phone and whistle with you. These can be used to hail for help if you need it.

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