By Whitney Clark/KTVL.com
TALENT, Ore. -- Almost a
year after David Grubbs was found nearly beheaded on the bike path near Hunter
Park in Ashland, dozens of officers searched for clues in the case.
On Wednesday morning, the
Ashland Police Department served three separate search warrants relating to the
Chief Terry Holderness
says one was served in Talent at a home off of the 200 block of Rapp Road,
another was at a property in Ashland and one was for a car that has been
Holderness says he could
not get into detail about what they were looking for, only saying they were
working off of a tip and other evidence. He says typically when officers serve
warrants they are looking for some type of evidence which may include a weapon,
DNA or anything that may lead them to a killer.
“Sometimes there are people
who do things like this will keep notes, or they will do research or something,”
Holderness said. “We'll look for evidence like that.”
About 50 officers searched
the three locations, including the 18 acre property in Talent. A dive team even
looked in a pond on the property.
Some search and rescue crews came from as far as Siskiyou and Klamath counties,
Holderness said, and even the FBI helped.
“We are a year into this case, and we're still getting a tremendous amount of
help from everybody else,” Holderness said. “The FBI Normally doesn't get involved
in local cases, but they've been extremely generous with their time.”
News 10 spoke to a friend
and neighbor of the property's owner in Talent. He wanted to remain anonymous,
but says he has known the family for 15 years.
He called the homeowner
who was not home at the time, to tell him about the search.
“He was surprised, but he
did know,” the man said. “He was expecting a team out, but he didn't know there
were so many people coming.”
News 10 did reach out to
the owner of the property, who did not want to comment on the search.
Holderness wanted to make
it very clear that warrants do not mean anyone who lives on the property or in
the home was involved in the murder.
“Frequently we will search
residences because we believe there might have been evidence that someone was
passing through,” Holderness said. “Not necessarily because the person living
in that residence is involved in that case directly.”
Holderness says this is
not the first time they have served search warrants in the Grubbs case. While
he could not go into detail about the other warrants, he says they typically
help rule out suspicious people.
Holderness says the dive team will continue to search the property on Thursday.