Foul play suspected in mans disappearance
- Jim Redden
- Portland Tribune - News
Timothy Bradshaw last seen in early June; reward offered for clues
Portland police apparently suspect foul play in the disappearance of Timothy Craig Bradshaw, a 44-year-old grocery store supervisor who has not been seen since early June.
Although the disappearance currently is classified as a missing persons case, it has been assigned to two veteran homicide investigators, Steve Ober and Rich Austria.
Several of Bradshaw's friends and associates said Ober and Austria have interviewed them about Bradshaw in recent weeks.
'They came over and asked me if I knew any reason why he would just leave town. He would never do anything like that,' said Bill Henry, who grew up with Bradshaw.
Ober and Austria did not return numerous calls for comment.
Bradshaw lived his entire life in a modest house in the 8100 block of Northeast Wygant Street. He inherited the house from his parents after they died in the 1970s.
Bradshaw's live-in girlfriend, Cathy Lynn Hawkins, was visiting her family in Washington when he disappeared. Henry said Bradshaw borrowed his car and was planning to pick her up.
'He came over, and we checked the fluids in the car and stuff like that. He said he was going to drive up to Washington to get her,' Henry said.
The car, a 1977 light blue Toyota hatchback, was later found at an undisclosed location in Portland.
Bradshaw worked for the past seven years at the Gresham Food for Less store. Owner Ron Brake describes Bradshaw as a reliable employee who was responsible for closing the store at night.
'He never missed a day of work in seven years. We had to force him to take vacations,' he said.
Brake said he and other employees grew concerned when Bradshaw did not show up at work June 5. They called his house and left messages but did not receive a return call.
'It was not like him at all,' Brake said.
According to Brake, a store employee received an anonymous call the next day saying that Bradshaw was potentially in trouble and that they should check his house. When Brake was told of the call, he immediately called the police.
'The police went to his house and called me from there. They said they had to break the door down and found the TV and the heat on,' Brake said.
'I've got 200 employees who knew Bradshaw to some degree or another, and we have no idea what happened to him,' he said.
Hawkins has since moved to Washington.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the resolution of the case. Call 503-823-4357.