Investigators have new evidence in search for murder suspect; new tips sought

Investigators have new evidence in search for murder suspect; new tips sought
Dirck Morgan White

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said investigators uncovered new evidence in their search for a man police said shot and killed a Clackamas County employee earlier this month.

Clackamas County sheriff’s detectives and U.S. Marshals are looking for 41-year-old Dirck Morgan White from Edgewood, Wash. White is considered armed and dangerous.

Detectives believe White, or someone who knows White's location, may have been in the area of the Ankeny Wildlife Refuge near Jefferson, Ore. between Friday, Feb. 21 and Monday, Feb. 24. Anyone who was in the area during that time is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

Investigators said they could not release specific information about the evidence that led to this request from the public, citing the ongoing investigation.

The sheriff’s office says White killed Grady Waxenfelter after Waxenfelter, a weighmaster, pulled White over near Highway 224 and Southeast Amisigger Road for not having a license plate on the trailer he was using to haul wood Thursday, Feb. 6.

Detectives are also searching for White’s vehicle: a silver 2004 Mercedes 320 with Washington license plate ANB7070.

A $7,500 reward is being offered for information that leads to White’s arrest. Anyone who sees White is asked to call 911.

Anyone who was near the wildlife refuge and has relevant information is asked to call the sheriff's office tip line at (503) 723-4949 or you can leave a tip online. You can also submit tips via anonymous text messages. Send a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword CCSO as the first word in the message body.