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Police find car, look for witnesses to fatal hit-and-run in Dodson

Nearly three months after Kimberly Powell's death, detectives locate vehicle in Washington

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives are looking for information about the driver of the car that is thought to have been involved in the hit-and-run murder of a 23-year-old Dodson woman earlier this year.

Nearly three months after Kimberly Powell's death, the deputies investigating the case received a tip that led them to a 1987 Nissan Sentra in Wenatchee, Wash.

'We believe this is the vehicle,' said Lt. Jason Gates, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Powell died Saturday, July 15, of injuries she received the previous day when she was struck head-on as she ran down a rural road just outside of Dodson.

Based on a side-view mirror that was found at the scene, investigators determined that the suspect was driving a car - not a truck or SUV - but until recently received little useful information about the suspect vehicle.

The mirror 'fits the vehicle,' Gates said, adding that the car has extensive front-end damage, including a smashed passenger window and windshield that is consistent with what detectives know about the collision.

The car was towed to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office where forensic experts examined the vehicle.

Sheriff's officials are not releasing any information about the registered owner of the vehicle or any possible suspects at this time, Gates said.

In August, Powell's family offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect in the case. A benefit concert raised $2,000 for the cause.

Anyone who saw the vehicle, which is dark grey in color and has a darker grey door, in the Columbia River Gorge on or about July 14 is asked to call the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office tip line at 503-261-2847.