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Death Investigation - Highway 224 in Eagle Creek
02/13/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and detectives, with the assistance of the Clackamas County medical examiner, are continuing the investigation after identifying a man found deceased in Eagle Creek near the base of a bridge over the creek along Highway 224. The deceased male reportedly had run from the scene of an attempted traffic stop and was found when officers were searching for him. Highway 224 was closed in both directions with the help of ODOT for about 3 hours during the investigation.
 
On February 13, 2010 at approximately 1:00 a.m. an OSP trooper attempted to stop a Ford Excursion westbound on Highway 224 west of Estacada for traveling 95 mph in a 55 speed zone. After the trooper turned around to overtake the vehicle, the driver quickly pulled it over onto the shoulder and stopped near the bridge over Eagle Creek between SE Wildcat Mountain Road and SE Riverside Way. As the trooper was starting to pull up to the stopped vehicle, the driver got out and fled on foot in front of the vehicle into the darkness.
 
At about the same time a Clackamas County deputy with a canine stopped at the scene. The canine quickly started to track where the driver fled and about five minutes later they spotted the driver face down in Eagle Creek about 100 feet below the bridge.
 
Estacada Fire Department personnel responded and rappelled down to the man's location, confirming he was deceased. The man has been positively identified as KELLY JOE DILLARD, age 41, from Sandy. Troopers learned DILLARD was wanted on a felony warrant for Absconding Parole issued out of State Parole and Probation Department.
 
OSP troopers and detectives from the Portland Area Command office are continuing their investigation.