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New evidence leads investigators to wildlife refuge near Salem

Detectives seek public's help in pursuit of murder suspect Dirck White


Investigators working on the investigation into the murder of Grady Waxenfelter of Estacada have uncovered new evidence and are asking for the public's help.

Waxenfelter, the Clackamas County weighmaster, was shot to death at Highway 224 and Amisigger Road the morning of Thursday, Feb. 6.

DIRCK WHITEDetectives released information this morning, Friday, Feb. 28, saying the prime suspect, Dirck White, or someone with knowledge of White's whereabouts, may have been in the area of the Ankeny Hill Wildlife Refuge near Jefferson, Ore., (south of Salem near Interstate-5) between Friday, Feb. 21 and Monday, Feb. 24.

Anyone in the area during that time may have seen a person, vehicle or event that might help in leading to White's arrest. Investigators are hopeful that someone will come forward with that information.

In a press release, investigtors said “bringing White to justice is a high priority and no piece of information is considered insignificant.”

In an effort to preserve the integrity of the investigation, police are not divulging the new evidence that led them to Ankeny Hill Wildlife Refuge.

Anyone who was at Ankeny Hill Wildlife Refuge during the timeframe — or who has any information about White' whereabouts — is urged to call the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Tipline at 503-723-4949. You also can fill out an online tip form found at www.clackamas.us/sheriff/forms/tip.html.

You also can submit tips via anonymous text message. To submit a crime tip to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office from a cellphone, send a text message to CRIMES (274637 on your phone keypad) with the keyword CCSO as the first word in the message body.

White was last seen driving a silver 2004 Mercedes 320 with Washington license plate ANB7070. That car has not been found.

If you see White, police ask that you immediately call 9-1-1. White is considered armed and dangerous.

Clackamas County detectives, along with deputy U.S. marshals are conductiing the search for White.

There is a $7,500 reward for information leading to his arrest.



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