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Murder of a Medford man still unsolved

CLARK COUNTY (WAOW) --  It was ten years ago that Jim Southworth was last seen or heard from.

"I'll never forget the day that my brother called me. We were joking around, he was making waffles for his kids," Jane Baker, Jim's sister recalls.

Jim was described by family as a fun loving guy.  A family man.  An outdoors person with no enemies.

"No one ever said a bad word about Jim, and that's what makes this so hard," John Southworth, Jim's brother explains.

Investigators say Jim Southworth was shot in the back twice by a high powered hunting rifle while hunting on family property in November of 2001.  Investigators and family say that there is no question it was murder.

"We developed information about three unidentified individuals out at the property that day," Det. Kerry Kirn of the Clark County Sheriffs Department said.

Investigators say they are looking for three Asian males which were seen by witnesses standing near the property that day in November.

They are described as being between five foot four to five foot seven. They have a composite sketch of one of the individuals hoping to find some answers.  Any information about their whereabouts is urgent.

For now, the family lives day by day praying for answers.

"I want to remember my brother as making waffles and enjoying the outdoors. Not as Jim was shot and everybody is avoiding talking about it," Baker said.

And they won't give up hope.

"Somebody out there has to know something. Sooner or later we have faith that someone will be brought to justice," John says.


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