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Officials extend manhunt for murder suspect into Montana

Suspect has family in Helena, Mont. area


by: GRESHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT - Suspect Dirck Morgan WhiteThe search continues for Dirck Morgan White, 41, who is being sought by authorities in connection with the fatal shooting of Clackamas County weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter of Estacada.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is spearheading the search, assisted by the U.S. Marshals Office.

Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Robert Wurpes referred to a news report by KRTV News in Montana that quotes Lewis & Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton as saying that White may be headed to Helena, Mont., an area he knows very well and where he has family. Dutton stated that White is known by several aliases, including Luis Cruz, PeeWee, Mario Pouce and Dirk White.

The report states that White has a previous arrest for drunken driving in Lewis & Clark County and that he was arrested in August 2010 for assault, obstructing a police officer and disorderly conduct after a bar fight. He is also wanted on a warrant for a weapons violation in Pierce County, Wash.

Dutton says he has placed the area on alert, and people who see the suspect or his silver Mercedes-Benz with Washington plates should not approach him, but should call 9-1-1 immediately.

Wurpes said the recent snowy weather has increased travel times for investigators, who are contacting White’s family and hoping the public can supply them with tips. Anyone with information on White’s whereabouts should call 9-1-1

Waxenfelter was shot to death on Highway 224 near Boring on Thursday, Feb. 6, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

Waxenfelter lived in Estacada and was an elder at Estacada First Baptist Church for about 10 years, said Estacada Mayor Brent Dodrill, who also is pastor of the church.

Funeral services for Waxenfelter will be held Saturday, Feb. 15.

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