OAKDALE - Drivers on Highway 120-108 will see a billboard today asking for help in finding the killer of Joseph Ross more than three years ago.
Ross, known to his family as Joey, was stabbed to death July 5, 2006, as he walked from the sports bar he owned, The Dugout, to his apartment in the 100 block of Oak Avenue in Oakdale.
Authorities are launching a new effort to seek information that might lead to an arrest in the case. Oakdale police said investigators have exhausted all leads but that no suspects have been identified.
In January 2009, Gov. Schwarzenegger's office offered a $50,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Ross' death.
Citizens Against Homicide, a nonprofit organization, in conjunction with CBS Outdoors, is placing a billboard advertising the reward.
The billboard will be put up this morning along the highway, about 200 feet west of Crane Road in Oakdale.
Police or DA investigator
Oakdale Police Chief Marty West said the billboard is designed to alert the public about the reward and provide contact information for the Police Department and Stanislaus County district attorney investigator Marc Burrell.
Ross' body was found just after 5:30 a.m. in the 500 block of West F Street, underneath a driveway overhang. Police believe he was stabbed after 1:30 a.m. on the street near the house where he was found.
An autopsy showed that Ross was stabbed three times, the fatal blow hitting his aorta. Not much more is known about what led to his death.
Police said state Department of Justice officials searched the crime scene but found little evidence. Surveillance tapes from nearby businesses didn't reveal anything.
Ross' family has handed out fliers that provide contact information for a private investigator they hired. The family created a Web site -- www.joeyrosstips.com -- with the same contact information.
Investigators ask anyone with information about this stabbing to call Oakdale police at 847-2231 or district attorney investigator Marc Burrell at 525-5550.
Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2394.