Victim in deadly Lake Oswego stabbing identified

Victim in deadly Lake Oswego stabbing identified

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Posted on September 17, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 8:06 AM

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- Police are looking for a man who went into a Lake Oswego area home Monday morning and fatally stabbed a man inside, in a stranger-on-stranger attack, police said.

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The victim was identified Monday afternoon as 57-year-old Fredrick "Fritz" Wheeler Hayes, Jr. His wife, 56-year-old Margaret Hayes was also in their home during the attack and was not injured, according to Sgt. Adam Phillips of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

Police urged neighbors to lock their doors and keep an eye on their surroundings.

Hayes (pictured, above left) was a former employee of All Tech 1 computer consulting in Portland, and a colleague said he had just recently retired.

"He was more than an employee and coworker," said All Tech 1 president Robert McMillen in a statement to KGW. "He was a brilliant engineer and a caring mentor, and most of all a good friend."

"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," McMillen added. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and he will be sorely missed."

The suspect remains on the loose and investigators were circulating a composite sketch, along with the man's description, hoping someone will spot him and alert police.

The suspect was described as a white man about 6 feet tall, with a brown beard and wearing a headwrap. He had a slender build and was wearing light-colored clothing, according to Sgt. Adam Phillips with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

The suspect was armed with several of what detectives described as "edged weapons." The woman who called 911 for help said someone had attacked her husband and fled. Hayes was pronounced dead some time later.

Police were dispatched to the Atwater Road home, located in unincorporated Clackamas County just north of Country Club Road, about 6:30 a.m., Phillips said.

Area residents were alerted as soon as possible through automated phone messages.  Police used K-9 teams and an aircraft to search for the suspect, but he was not found.

Lake Oswego High School, the junior high and Forest Hills grade school were all placed in lockdown until mid-morning. Phillips said administrators at two private schools in the area also decided to go into lockdown as a precaution. People were also advised to avoid the trails in nearby Tryon Creek State Park.

Anyone with information that may help investigators was urged to call the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential tip line at (503) 723-4949, or by using the online e-mail form and referencing case #12-27845.


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KGW Reporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report.

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