Cops still looking for leads on Mountaindale murder suspect
Law enforcement continues to search for a second suspect in the Sept. 19 murder of Michael Arch, but clues have been few and far between, investigators say
The Washington County Sheriff's Office has asked for public assistance in locating Chad Brandon Pitcher, 38, one of two men suspected of shooting a man outside a farmhouse near North Plains in the rural Washington County community of Mountaindale. The request came on Sept. 26, and a second suspect, Christopher Stephens, was arrested on Sept. 28.
"We still don't know where [Pitcher] is," said Det. Robert Rookhuyzen, a sheriff's office spokesman. "It's been pretty quiet actually, which is unusual. Unless they have a lot of money … the fact that he can fly below the radar for this long is very unusual."
Pitcher should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the Sheriff's Office. He has a long history of interactions with law enforcement, including arrests dating back to 1995.
Pitcher was arrested on drug charges in 2008 and 2010, and arrested on traffic violations in July 2017.
The Sheriff;s Office hasn't released any information on connection between Arch and Pitcher, but Arch's family told the Tribune the victim knew the suspect.
Arch, like Pitcher, had been in and out of jail for two decades for drugs and related charges, and served time in prison for shooting a Sheriff's detective in 1997. Arch was also convicted of causing the death of a Hillsboro police dog, Hondo, as part of the same incident.
The Sept. 19 shooting remains under investigation. If anyone has information about Pitcher's whereabouts, call non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.
John William Howard
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