Retired detective hired to solve old OR killing

The Ashland Police Department hired retired Jackson County sheriff's detective Charlie Retzer

Generic crime scene, file. (Tony Webster via Flickr Creative Commons)
Generic crime scene, file. (Tony Webster via Flickr Creative Commons)

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) – Ashland officials have hired a retired detective to try to solve a 5-year-old killing in which the victim was nearly decapitated on a public bike path.

The Mail Tribune reports in a story on Sunday that the Ashland Police Department hired retired Jackson County sheriff’s detective Charlie Retzer to look over possible leads in the case.

Twenty-three-year-old David Michael Grubbs died at about 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 19, 2011, on the Central Ashland Bike Path near the Hunter Park tennis courts.

An autopsy determined the weapon used in the killing was a medium to large blade.

Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara says he wants a fresh set of eyes on the case to see if anything was overlooked.