When a third generation Oregon fruit-grower is murdered on the grounds of his own orchard, investigators struggle to determine who could have wanted the well-liked man dead. An investigation full of surprising twists unfolds in this episode of Last Seen Alive.
Eric Tamiyasu was 41 years old whenever he was murdered in June of 2001 in Hood River, Oregon. Family photo. Don Dixon, an associate of Eric’s, discovered Eric’s remains and has been a controversial figure since. Photo from KOIN News. Eric was a professional fruit-grower who lived on the grounds of his family’s orchard. Family photo. This satellite image shows the remoteness of the property where Eric was murdered. Investigators believe that whoever murdered Eric came there with the express purpose of doing so. Image from Google Maps.
Sources used to research this episode:
Unsolved Mysteries: Eric Tamiyasu (Unsolved Mysteries)
‘Somebody Came for the Sole Purpose of Killing Eric’ (Chelsea Wicks / KOIN News)
‘Local Murder Draws New Exposure’ (Hood River News / Columbia Gorge News)
About Tamiyasu Orchards (TamiyasuFruit.com)
Tamiyasu Case: Rumors Swirl Around Murder (Hood River News / Columbia Gorge News)
Population of Hood River County, Oregon: Census 2010 and 2000 (Census Viewer)
Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques (V. DiMaio, MD)
If you know anything about the death of Eric Tamiyasu, please call the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office at 541-386-2098.