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Oakland Police Ask Public Help Solving 2016 Homicide; Vehicle Of Interest Sought

OAKLAND (CBS SF) -- Oakland police are asking for the public's help in identifying a vehicle of interest in the fatal shooting of a man in the city's Temescal district one year ago.

Brian Bole, a 30-year-old health care analyst, was walking home when he was shot and killed in the 3000 block of Richmond Boulevard, near Oakland's Auto Row, at about 12:15 a.m. on April 10, 2016.

Shortly after the shooting police released video surveillance images of "persons of interest" that Bole came in contact with on his walk home as well as a silver sedan that is a vehicle of interest.

Bole Slaying Person Of Interest/Oakland Police
Brian Bole slaying: person Of interest (Oakland Police)

Investigators said they would like to identify the people and talk to them because the may have been witnesses to the crime.

The vehicle of interest that was disclosed after the fatal shooting is a four-door silver Honda Accord with a sunroof that was made between 2003 and 2007.

Oakland police said they are now interested in a second vehicle of interest that's described as a white Chevy Malibu made between 2013 and 2015.

Vehicle of Interest: Chevy Malibu
Vehicle of interest: Chevy Malibu. (Surveillance image via Oakland Police Dept.)

Homicide Sgt. Leo Sanchez is asking the public to look at photographs of the Chevy Malibu that were obtained from surveillance video.

Sanchez said people who have seen either of the vehicles of interest or the persons of interest should call the homicide unit tip line at (510) 238-7950, which is anonymous.

Oakland police said one person of interest is described as a male of unknown race who was wearing a light blue baseball hat, a light blue shirt with a large light-colored horizontal stripe across the back and chest and dark colored pants.

Police described the second person of interest as a black woman who was wearing layers of clothing and a head scarf and the third person of interest as a thin person of unknown race and unknown gender.

There is a reward of up to $30,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for killing Bole.

According a statement released by Bole's family after he was killed, Bole was born and raised in Tampa, Fla., and earned a degree in mathematics from Florida State University and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech.

His family said that while Bole was a student he had a NASA fellowship at Ames Research Center in Mountain View, specializing in fault analysis, which involved predicting and reducing the risk of system failures in unmanned aircraft.

But his family said Bole's "true passion was health care" and that in 2015 he was hired for his dream job as a data scientist at Armus Corp. in San Mateo, where he was still working at the time of his death.

Bole's family said he loved hiking and camping and "spent many hours exploring San Francisco and Oakland, especially their ethnic restaurants and craft brew pubs."

Bole's father, Brad Bole, said, "We were all proud of Brian's achievements, but we were more proud of the man he had become."

In addition to his father, Bole is survived by his mother, Trish, his sister, Lauren, and his wife, Katie.

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