PORTLAND, Ore. – A reward to help generate leads in the murder of Nicole Laube has climbed to around $10,000, after friends and family stepped forward to donate funds.
Laube's friends and family are hoping that the reward will encourage someone to come forward with information that can help police crack the case. Laube, 29, of Forest Grove, was stabbed to death outside a Cedar Mill apartment complex earlier this month.
So far, investigators have been baffled, with no significant leads or clues to follow in their investigation.
On Monday, family friend Dan Blackstone offered the $1,000 reward and it quickly climbed to $2,100 when other friends added even more money. By Friday, it reached around $10,000, friends said.
"What better way to motivate some leads than to throw some money at it, money talks. It's not a lot of money but it could be a lot to someone who has some information," Blackstone said. "The person needs to be brought to justice."
Laube was working at the Commons at Timber Creek Apartment Complex when the attack occurred. According to investigators, she was hanging fliers in the parking lot when she was stabbed. She had just been hired in July.
She ran to a nearby apartment stairwell and collapsed. Tenants in the building reported the stabbing, but when deputies arrived they couldn't save her, Ray said.
Laube was married and had three children. She was also the daughter of a local pastor.
Blackstone said it will help her family to know the crime is solved.
"It'll give them closure, I think. I mean, this is brutal, this is cruel," Blackstone said. "It was devastating, I couldn't believe it."
Anyone with information that may help police was encouraged to call or email the Washington County Sheriff's Office and they can remain anonymous.