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Caretaker's Death in Springfield Determined To Be A Homicide

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Springfield Police have determined that a community garden caretaker’s death is a murder.

Richard Marshall’s body was found Monday night at the Food for Lane County’s Youth Farm.  The 70 year-old man was last seen alive on the morning of Friday, February 26th.

Marshall lived on the site in his RV, and had been a volunteer caretaker for the organization since 2011.

In a statement, Food for Lane County says they were saddened to hear of Marshall’s death.  The Youth Farm will be temporarily closed.

Police are asking anyone with information on suspicious activity in the area to call their investigations unit at 541-726-3721.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.