The search for a knife-wielding man who killed a retired engineer at his Lake Oswego area home continued Tuesday as detectives distributed a flyer showing a sketch of the suspect.
Clackamas County deputies said the murder suspect fled the scene on Atwater Road near Atwater Lane at about 6:30 a.m. Monday after killing 57-year-old Fredrick "Fritz" Hayes. Deputies said it was a stranger-on-stranger attack.
Hayes' wife, Margaret, was also home during the attack but was not injured. Further details about the crime haven't been released by the sheriff's office.
Meghan McNamara, a family friend, described Hayes as being like her second dad. He had been her soccer coach for 15 years.
"He was the dad who took us to carpool every week and in his red convertible and we just thought he was the coolest dad," McNamara said.
"He's a wonderful man. My heart goes out to (his wife) and the kids. I can't imagine," said neighbor Nancy Jones Garrow. "I can't fathom why anyone would do something like that to such a special, wonderful family."
Neighbors describe Atwater Road as a normally quiet street where everyone knows each other and feels safe.
"It goes to prove it doesn't matter where you live, or what you do; anybody can be a victim," said Elizabeth Raymond, who lives in the area.
Deputies said there is no information that makes them believe there had been any previous relationship between the suspect and the victim.
A $1,000 reward is now being offered for information that leads to an arrest. The suspect is described as a white man, 6' tall with a slender build. He is between the ages of 20 and 40. He has a thin face with sharp features and a brown beard. He was wearing a headwrap and a light-colored top with long sleeves.
Deputies said he's armed with "edged weapons."
Sgt. Adam Phillips said the sheriff's office is using "all resources available," including K-9s, an air unit and its reverse 911 system, which was activated for about 4,000 people.
"This is an all-out effort to try and find the guy who did this," Phillips said.
There were no school lockdowns to report Tuesday. Lake Oswego High School, Lake Oswego Junior High School and Forest Hills School entered lockdown mode Monday as a precaution as deputies searched for the killer. Other private schools in the area also voluntarily went into lockdown, but most lockdowns were lifted by mid-morning.
If you have information about the suspect, call the sheriff's office tip line at 503-723-4949.
Only call 911 if you are currently seeing the suspect.
Deputies advise neighbors to lock their doors and be aware of their surroundings with a murder suspect still at large.
Hayes worked at All Tech 1, a computer solutions provider in Portland.
The company released a statement Monday:
"The All Tech 1 staff and I are saddened to hear of the tragic passing of our good friend and colleague, Fritz Hayes. Fritz and I have worked together for over 10 years and the last six years here at All Tech 1. He was more than an employee and coworker. He was a brilliant engineer and a caring mentor, and most of all a good friend.
"Fritz and I started working together at a previous company in 2001. A small team of us was tasked with building and deploying a new type of technology together. We worked on managed services and applications for companies now commonly known as Cloud Services.
"After starting All Tech 1, I had the opportunity to hire Fritz to join our team and together, with the staff at our new company, we built a business together we were very proud of. Fritz retired only a few months ago and was as happy as we had ever seen him as he was planning his well-deserved time off.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and he will be sorely missed."
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