ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Police divers are back in a murky farm pond in Southern Oregon after investigators got a major tip in the year-old slaying of a young grocery clerk who was nearly decapitated while walking home from work on a popular bike path.

Ashland Police Chief Terry Holderness said Thursday the divers are using their hands and metal detectors to probe the bottom of the one-acre pond on the outskirts of a neighboring town, Talent.

Over the past year, police have interviewed nearly 2,000 people and sent several swords, machetes and knives to the State Police crime lab for analysis without finding the weapon used to kill 23-year-old David Grubbs or making an arrest.

About 50 people joined in searches Wednesday of the rural property and its buildings, as well as a Southern Oregon University student housing apartment in Ashland and a vehicle.

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