SEASIDE, Ore. — Detectives in Seaside are asking for the public’s help to track down the person, or people, who assaulted a local writer who eventually died from his injuries.
“It’s jarring,” said Kevin Sampsell, small press manager at Powell’s Books.
Travis Todd, 49, published zines and chapbooks that were sold at Powell’s, Sampsell said. Todd was one of a kind.
“He was somebody who didn’t care about fitting in or having a popular opinion about stuff,” said Sampsell. “He’d have his own opinions.”
Todd died early on Tuesday, days after a violent assault in Seaside. Authorities say it happened in the early morning hours of March 30 near the intersection of Avenue K and South Columbia Street.
Detectives say in the hours leading up to the assault Todd may have been drinking at local bars or may have been on the beach near the Promenade. He was checked into an oceanfront hotel.
That’s all investigators know at this point.
“I hope they find out more details or someone comes forward with some answers,” Sampsell said.
Until there are answers, Sampsell will cherish the good memories and those zines and chapbooks still on the shelves at Powell’s.
“It was always refreshing because he’s honest and so himself,” Sampsell said.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Seaside Police Department.