The tips mainly came from women associated with the club -- some say they saw the teen outside talking to the man, some said they saw her inside the club.
The man, who also lived on Poplar Street at the time, was not cooperative with police in 1982 and disappeared for a while after the investigation started, Sergeant Thibert said.
In 2003, when the case was briefly reopened, a detective obtained a search warrant for the man's DNA, which did not match the DNA taken from the teen's body.
The man also took a polygraph test with a private company in Michigan, but the results were never forwarded to Oregon police.
"I don't want to say he's been ruled out," the sergeant said. "He may be a good suspect still. ... Just because his DNA doesn't match doesn't convince me he didn't kill her."
Once she learned of a possible motorcycle-club connection, and not convinced police were doing enough, Ms. Ward started her own investigation, visiting any bar where she noticed motorcycles parked outside.
"I was smart enough to not ask [if they knew about the death], but I was also going to tell them my name," Ms. Ward said. "Because if you did it, it would ring a bell. You'd know, hopefully, who you killed."
Sergeant Thibert and Detective Zale have read through the entire case file and started last week to listen to recorded interviews and the original Crime Stopper calls.
They're still in the process of compiling every bit of information and evidence from 1982 and 2003.
"We could have just tested the DNA again and moved on," Sergeant Thibert said, "but we started reading the file and, for us, she's close in age. She was only 17. She was a kid. Somebody's daughter, somebody's sister."
From one minute to the next, Mrs. Jones changes her mind on whether there will be a resolution.
"This week has been a roller coaster of, 'They're going to find something, it's going to happen, somebody is going to come forward and say he did it,' and then the next minute I'm like, 'They'll never find anything,' " Mrs. Jones said.
Oregon police ask anyone with information about the case to call Sergeant Thibert at 419-698-7102 or Crime Stoppers at 419-255-1111.
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