Police look for items missing from murder victim's taxi

Medford police are looking for personal items believed to have been stolen from a cab driver's taxi the night he was killed.

Investigators have been looking for the property since William "Huey" Huson's cab was found in a parking lot near Ninth and Almond streets Sunday, Oct. 21. Huson's body was later found in a field near Helo Drive off Vilas Road. He was shot in the head, officials said.

Police are looking for a black, leather shaving bag that Huson used to carry personal items, including an electronic Cig2o vapor cigarette, and a brown, bifold leather wallet that held an undisclosed amount of cash, Huson's identification and some paperwork.

"This is property that was stolen by the suspect during the incident," said Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau.

Police said they have combed portions of the bike path near Ninth and Almond streets with county search-and-rescue volunteers, thinking the killer might have discarded the stolen items after leaving the cab.

Police are still looking for a suspect.

One witness on the downtown Medford street where Huson picked up his final fare described the passenger as a white male, 25 to 35 years old, between 6 feet 1 and 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing between 170 and 190 pounds. The man, wearing a black baseball cap, black coat and jeans, was described as having pockmarks on his face.

Police said they have received 139 tips in the case so far.

Though nearly two weeks have passed since the incident, police say there is still a lot of investigative work to do, including forensic analysis of evidence and possible additional video footage.

"We are still optimistic that we are going to solve this case," Budreau said. "There is still a ton of work that needs to be done that we are getting to just as fast as we can."

A $1,500 reward for information that leads to an arrest has been put up by Crimestoppers and an anonymous donor. To submit a tip, see www.tipsubmit.com or call 541-770-4783.

"This is a very serious crime to happen in our town, and it's not something people, I think, will accept," Budreau said.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com.

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