Reward offered in Glendale murder

DOUGLAS COUNTY — Family and friends of a 59-year-old woman murdered in Glendale last fall are hoping a $14,000 reward will lead to the capture and conviction of her killer.

Police still have no motive for the shooting death of Barbara Lea Tooley of Damascus, who was in Glendale visiting her 88-year-old mother Helen Berleta Long. Long was seriously injured in the shooting.

Connie Johnson, who is Tooley's sister and the daughter of Long, has described the murder as a seemingly random act of violence that left the small community shaken.

"It is shocking because it seems so random," Johnson said. "People in the town were afraid for a long time afterward."

Those who knew the victims have donated money to the reward effort. The group has collected $14,000 so far, and the number will continue to grow as donations pour in, Johnson said.

On Oct. 1, the suspect entered the home on Azalea Glen Road and shot both women before fleeing in what could have been a dark-colored Toyota 4Runner or pickup.

Witnesses who saw the man and the truck in the area at the time of the shooting said he had a well-developed beard, which police believe could have been fake.

Jackson County detectives have traveled to Glendale for briefings and have conducted interviews along with Douglas County sheriff's investigators.

"It doesn't seem to be a burglary because nothing was taken or disturbed inside the house," Johnson said.

Long has since been released from the hospital, where she was treated for a brain injury, Johnson said.

"It's miraculous really that she was allowed to leave the hospital, seeing as she is 88 years old," she said. "She is doing well."

Police have combed the home for evidence and submitted items to the Oregon State Police Crime Laboratory for further examination.

The vehicle is described as a black, four-wheel-drive, single-cab Toyota pickup with a black canopy, believed to be a 1989 to 1993 model. The vehicle also could be a Toyota 4Runner.

Police sketch artist Chuck Steinberg has completed a composite sketch of the alleged shooter. Detectives hope the drawing will lead to the man's arrest.

Tooley had visited Johnson in the Portland area just days before the shooting.

"We are hoping someone out there knows something and can help bring this to a close," Johnson said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff's Office tip line at 541-957-2099 or the Jackson County Sheriff's Department tip line at 541-774-8300.

Reach reporter Mail Tribune Chris Conrad at 776-4471 or e-mail

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