ALBANY, Ore. - At daybreak, a patrol car rounded Kampf Road at Murder Creek and found Jakhob Miles dead from a gunshot wound on Sept. 11, 2008.
His killer has never been identified.
"I would wait for him to walk through the door," his mother Rebecca Miles of Albany told KVAL News. "I sat there for the longest time just waiting for him."
Detective Mike Harmon with the Linn County Sheriff's Office is one of two investigators on the case.
Harmon said Jakhob was at a friend's house the night he died. He left with a friend and was dropped off less than a mile and half from where he was found dead.
Four years later, detectives still don't know who shot and killed Jakhob. Miles is one of more than a dozen unsolved Linn County cases.
Harmon doesn't called them "cold cases" because "there's a stigma with them. They're in a box, on a shelf collecting dust." He called Jakhob's case an active investigation.
He said cases like Jakhob's are puzzles, assembled piece-by-piece.
"No matter how many pieces are missing," he said, "as you add a piece the picture becomes more and more clear."
A cross now marks where Jakhob was found dead, and the Miles family is still pleading for clues to find the killer.
"It could be something," his mother Rebecca said, "that they don't even realize they know." Rebecca Miles said.