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10 Ducks Run down by Car Montery County CA.
Update on killer: as of Sep 15, 2005 killer is still at large.
Monterey County Herald
Posted on Sat, Aug. 13, 2005
Hunt on for killer of 10 ducks
Public adds to reward pot in carwash rampage
By CHUCK CARROLL
San Jose Mercury News
News of the intentional slaying of 10 ducks at a Campbell carwash fired up public passions Friday and inspired people to donate to a reward fund.
Campbell police spokesman Russ Patterson said investigators are following up several leads that have come in since news of the rampage broke Friday morning in the Mercury News.
On Thursday, police released grainy security-camera images of a car whose driver deliberately ran over the birds shortly after midnight a week ago in the parking lot of the Delta Queen Classic Car Wash. The ducks lived in a pond on the carwash property, descendants of a pair of birds that first made their home there more than 30 years ago. The birds have long been popular with employees, patrons and neighbors.
The Delta Queen started with an in-house reward fund of $200 for information leading to the capture and conviction of the driver, and now the reward is being made available to the public.
Beginning shortly after Friday's opening at the carwash, a steady trickle of people have contacted the company offering to kick in money.
''We had one guy offer to double what we already had,'' Delta Queen manager Mike Davis said. ''We've had quite a good response.''
By Friday afternoon, the fund had grown to more than $1,000. The Santa Clara County Crime Stoppers program also is offering $1,000, Patterson said.
Davis said donors who want to contribute to Delta Queen's reward fund can drop off contributions at the carwash, or mail them to the corporate office at Classic Car Wash, 871 E. Hamilton Ave., Campbell, CA 95008.
Several people e-mailed the Mercury News to inquire about donating to the Delta Queen fund.
''That is one of the things we were hoping for,'' Patterson said, ''that people would get interested and that a reward will grow and help us catch this guy.''
The incident moved people to act from as far away as Hawaii.
''Let me know if I can add some $$$ to the reward,'' Doug White of Hilo wrote in an e-mail.
''I was horrified by what I read this morning about this obviously disturbed jerk purposefully running over the little helpless ducks,'' wrote Sandy Bartmess. ''I work in the office complex right next door to this carwash, and it kinda hit a little closer for me.''
Bartmess suggested the killer might have been a recent customer of the Delta Queen. But Davis said he had checked the security tapes from the two days before the attack, and the car seen during the attack had not been to the carwash. Also, workers couldn't recall any angry customers in the days leading up to the incident.
Security cameras captured the massacre. The tapes showed a dark-haired man in his late teens or early 20s driving a red, late-'80s or early '90s Acura Integra, or a similar model. He repeatedly swerved toward and ran over groups of ducks during a 16-minute rampage. Several times, the man appeared to grab ducks by the throat and throw them into or against his car. He was wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans.
The car has what appear to be vanity plates with four characters, a space and two more characters. Police said they don't believe they'll be able to enhance the image to identify the letters.
A small, rectangular sticker was visible on the bottom left corner of the rear window.
Campbell police community-service officer Paul Chamberlin, who has been assigned to the case, can be reached at (408) 866-2121.
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