Originally posted by Dreamweaver

UNSOLVED MURDER: Roger Johansen: Dec. 11, 2007
from newspaper article: http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs...NEWS/812210332

Phone records from the Jackson County Jail provide the strongest clue in the death of Roger Johansen, who was stabbed and beaten before his shop and home were set on fire Dec. 11, 2007, Fogarty said.

"We're pretty certain it was drug-related," Fogarty said. "We have information that he was in an argument about a drug debt."

In fact, investigators have a recorded conversation from the jail phone system in which threats to kill Johansen and burn his house down can be heard. Johansen allegedly had sold meth brought to the Rogue Valley by cartels based in Mexico and refused to pay for what he claimed was poor quality drugs.

"We're pretty certain we know the group of people involved," Fogarty said. "It's an organization that does heavy-duty drug dealing."

However, investigators aren't sure if the group is still active here and are confident that the primary suspect, whom they haven't named, was swept off to California until the heat from the murder died down, Fogarty said.

"It's frustrating that we think we know who was involved, but we need substantial evidence to take to the grand jury," he said.