Tips follow release of murder case letter

Medford police have fielded a few tips after the public released of a letter with possible information that could lead to an arrest in the murder of Talent cab driver William "Huey" Huson.

Medford police Chief Tim George said a few tips rolled into on Tuesday following the release of the letter, but the author of the anonymous message remains a mystery.

"We certainly would like to have a conversation with this person," George said. "We would do every thing we can to protect this person's identity. We just want to speak with them."

The letter was written in pencil on ribbon paper that also contained some pink ink, similar to the paper inserted into cash registers or an adding machine, George said.

It was addressed to the "Police Cheif" (sic) and contained information to is of interest to investigators, George said.

George said detectives sometimes receive strange or far-fetched tips during large-scale investigations. The majority of these are quickly deemed useless and discarded, George said.

However, this letter, as strange as it was because it was stuffed in a homemade envelope and written on receipt paper, seems written by someone with knowledge of the Huson murder.

"We don't know if this person has first-hand knowledge or has learned something about the case," George said. "All we know is that the contents of letter point toward someone with perhaps some valuable information."

George declined to discuss what was written in the letter, saying that investigators sometimes hold back sensitive information in serious cases.

Huson's was found in a field near Helo Drive off Vilas Road on Oct. 21. He suffered a gunshot to the head. Police believe Huson had picked up a rider at 10:41 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in front of Howiee's on Front in downtown Medford. He reported he would be taking that fare to an unknown section of Vilas Road.

Officers were called after Huson's wasn't heard from later that night. Police then found Huson's cab in a parking lot near Ninth and Almond streets the morning of Oct. 21. Later that morning they found Huson's body.

Police say the suspect could possibly be a white male between 25 and 35 years old, about 6 feet 1 inches tall and between 170 and 190 pounds. Police have said the suspect could have pockmarks and acne on his face, no facial hair and was wearing a black baseball cap, black jacket and jeans.

Investigators also released a list of property stolen from Huson's cab, including a black leather shaving kit bag, electronic vapor cigarette, brown bi-fold leather wallet with personal information and paperwork, and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471 or email

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