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Team looks at cold cases.

Byline: Rebecca Nolan The Register-Guard

A three-man team of retired investigators is dusting off old case files and looking for new leads in unsolved Lane County murders.

All told, the three men have 90 years of experience investigating violent crime. Now they're focusing their considerable expertise on cases where the trail has long gone cold.

For free.

"We're fortunate to have them," said Lane County sheriff's Sgt. Spence Slater, head of detectives.

The nascent team of volunteers - two retired sheriff's deputies and a former Oregon State Police trooper - began meeting about a year ago.

They gather once a week to review the cases and talk about new approaches.

So far, they've opened the book on four cases:

Becky Rae Martin, 22, of Monroe, found dead in 1975 with her throat slashed in a rye grass field five miles west of Junction City. According to newspaper accounts, the mother of two boys was last seen at a Springfield lounge the night before her body was found.

Eric Shawn Goldstrand and Lliana Gay Adank, both 16 and both of Eugene, found shot to death in June 1977 at the remote Broken Bowl Picnic Grounds on Fall Creek. The North Eugene High students had gone fishing after a school picnic. Deputies found the two shot to death early the next morning. Adank had been sexually assaulted.

Christine Nelson, 36, of Jasper, disappeared in August 1986 and has never been found. Detectives said they believe she was murdered. Her mother sued to have Nelson's husband declared the killer to prevent him from inheriting the missing woman's estate. The case was settled out of court.

Joni Marie Grigsby, 33, of Springfield, whose body was found on the banks of the Willamette River in Glenwood in 1995. A woman with a history of drug abuse, Grigsby had suffered traumatic wounds to her face and body.

The team hasn't cracked any mysteries yet, but they hope to mirror the success of other cold case squads elsewhere.
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Title Annotation:Crime
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Aug 6, 2006
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