Springfield detective's search for Dorothy Ashley's killer continues 4 years later

Springfield's only unsolved murder case may be cold, but the search for Dorothy Ashley's killer continues.

Posted: Aug 4, 2020 6:36 PM
Updated: Aug 4, 2020 6:38 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Detective Justin Myers is the lead detective in the Dorothy Ashley murder case. 

Four years ago, he was working patrol on the day the Springfield woman was killed -- Aug. 5, 2016 -- and he was the first officer to see what had happened.

RELATED: Family offers $5,000 reward in Dorothy Ashley cold case

Driving through these streets you'll find houses, schools, and churches, but you'll also find a community searching for answers and a dark secret -- a murder that left a woman battered and her family shattered.

Myers said though this case is cold, it's not going away until it's been solved, but he said they've exhausted their leads.

"There are over 100 different people we've talked to regarding this case and anyone that says you know my friend so and so thinks they saw something we've tracked them down and asked them and most of the time -- well all of the time in this case -- it hasn't worked out for us."

Myers said on other murder cases he's worked, from start to finish, detectives write 35 supplemental reports or fewer. That means 35 different interviews, evidence reports, or leads. In the Ashley case they're up to more than 120 reports and still no arrest.

Police said that the manner in which Ashley was killed was personal. Myers said it's personal to him too.

"The first officer to write any sort of report on this case was me. I'd like to write the last one on the case too," he said.

Ashley's family is offering up a $5,000 reward to the first person who gives information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Myers said he anticipates he'll be busy the next few days fielding calls from people who think they might know something, and even though many of those lead to nothing, one may lead to the truth and to closure for the family.

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