Wednesday, October 17, 2001
The family of murder victim Eric Tamiyasu has doubled the reward amount for the arrest of a suspect in a Hood River murder case.
"Basically the murderer is still out there," said Ramona Tamiyasu of Portland, the sister of Eric, 41, who was found dead at his home on June 30.
In early August the family posted a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his killer. Last week the figure has been upped to $10,000 and Hood River County District Attorney John Sewell hopes that addition will bring new movement on the case.
He said after almost four months of investigation there are no strong leads and law enforcement officials are following up on every tip that comes their way.
"We're hopeful that increasing the reward may be enough of an incentive for someone to come forward," said Sewell.
Police believe that Tamiyasu was killed by a gunshot wound to the head several days before his body was found by an acquaintance. He was last seen alive prior to 9:30 p.m. on June 25. Anyone with information related to that case is asked to call Hood River County Sergeant/Detective Gerry Tiffany at 386-2098.