Who Killed Ted Jones? New Details On The Unsolved Murder Of The Oregon Man Who Died After A Hit-And-Run

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Who Killed Ted Jones? New Details On The Unsolved Murder Of The Oregon Man Who Died After A Hit-And-Run

He was killed in a tragic hit-and-run accident. Yet, his death remains unsolved. Who killed Ted Jones?

According to KOIN, Ted Jones was visiting his family in Portland, OR, when he was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. He was out trying to celebrate the Cinco De Mayo festivities, but was killed before he could do so.

KOIN recently released a video showing the hit-and-run incident, and it’s nothing short of horrifying, to say the least.

Let’s look at what we know about Ted Jones’s unsolved death.

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1. He was developmentally disabled.

Ted Jones' family adored him, and said that he overcame his developmental disability to become a successful businessman and loving uncle.

One of the most remarkable things about Ted Jones is that he was developmentally disabled. According to KOIN, he overcame that developmental disability to lead a productive life filled with loving friends and family members. He was especially fond of his job, too, according to his surviving family members.

"He absolutely adored his family," said Dana Hughes, Jones’ sister-in-law. "His nieces were his whole world. He loved camping and fishing. We're hoping somebody recognizes something."

2. The car that struck him was traveling at a high rate of speed.

Oregon Live obtained a copy of the video depicting the hit-and-run that killed Ted Jones.

The outlet reports that Jones, who was wearing dark colored clothing, was crossing the street on 82nd Avenue. It appeared, in the video, that Jones was trying to run away from the car as it sped towards him, but the car was traveling too fast.

Portland police chief Pete Simpson said that the car that struck, and ultimately, killed Jones would have suffered extensive damage to both the hood and the windshield because of the rate of speed, and encouraged people to be on the lookout for cars that had that type of damage.

Jones suffered massive internal injuries before dying at the hospital. A Good Samaritan stayed with Jones until the ambulance came — and Simpson said that he appreciated the Good Samaritan for doing so.

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3. There is a substantial reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed Ted Jones.

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Crime Stoppers of Portland is offering a substantial reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed Ted Jones.

According to KATU, initially, CrimeStoppers offered a $1000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed Ted Jones. However, they subsequently increased the reward to $2500.

Dana Jones, Ted’s sister-in-law, pleaded with the public to give her family a hand.

“I don't want this to happen to anyone else. Just make it right for us. For them to live with that burden has to be absolutely horrible. I get people could be scared but at some point you think 'how could they just leave? How could they just leave him?” she told the outlet.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers 503-823-4357 or text CRIMES (274637) and type 823HELP followed by the information. People can also submit tips online or visit tipsoft.com to download a iPhone or Droid app to submit a tip.

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Bernadette Giacomazzo is an editor, writer, and photographer whose work has appeared in People, Teen Vogue, Us Weekly, The Source, XXL, HipHopDX, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, and more. She is also the author of The Uprising series. Find her online at www.bernadettegiacomazzo.com and www.longlivetheuprising.com.