BORING — Authorities have released new information in the search for a Washington man wanted for shooting and killing an employee of Clackamas County last Thursday, including surveillance video taken just days before the murder. There’s now a $7,500 reward for the tip that leads to an arrest.
U.S. Marshals have joined the manhunt for 41-year-old Dirck White of Edgewood, Washington. Deputies say he was driving a delivery truck belonging to O’Malley Brothers, a business in Estacada when he was stopped for not having a license plate on the trailer he was towing. Police say that’s when White shot and killed Grady Waxenfelter at a checkpoint near Highway 224 near Amisigger Road.
White is wanted in Pierce County for questioning in the rape of a child and a weapons charge. The company he worked for is cooperating with the investigation and has chipped in $2,500 of the reward for his arrest.
Waxenfelter was a weighmaster in the Transportation Maintenance Division and worked for Clackamas County since 1987. There’s a fund set-up through the Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation. Donations to help his family put their loved one to rest can be sent to the CCPOBF, or in person at any branch of Clackamas County Federal Credit Union.
“He had just a normal work truck loaded with a bunch of wood and a trailer. They were going to get a license plate on the rig. They guy obviously had other issues because that guy had no business being attacked,” said Elias Duhrkoop, who came upon the victim lying in the road. He says he recognized the victim and used to go to school with his daughter.
White could still be driving a 2004 Mercedes 320 with Washington license plate ANB7070.