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OSP Still Seeking Leads in Two Estacada-area Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Hit & Run Cases
05/29/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

(Note: There is no known connection between the three unsolved incidents other than they both occurred in the general Estacada area)
 
In light of Clackamas County Sheriff's Office investigation into the early Friday morning fatal hit and run crash that killed a pedestrian in the Estacada area, Oregon State Police would like to remind the public of two other unsolved fatal pedestrian-involved hit and run investigations that happened in the area within the last year.
 
In the first ongoing investigation, Crime Stoppers is offering a case reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest related to the Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation. OSP investigators continue to ask for the public's help to identify the vehicle and driver involved in the March 27, 2009 fatal hit and run on Highway 224 east of Estacada. The incident happened at 9:27 p.m. about one-half mile east of the Highway 211 junction and resulted in the death of Charles Bruce Mills, age 38.
 
OSP investigators have not found the involved vehicle that is believed to be a white 1992 to 1994 Ford Taurus or Mercury Sable with right front and right side damage. The right front corner turn signal/reflector lens cover is broken out and the right side view mirror glass broke out of the side mirror housing, which is believed to still be attached to the car.
 
A copy of an informational bulletin passed out in the Estacada area is available through this link:
 
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2009-05/2009-005_Veh_hit-run_Estacada.doc
 
Tips related to this first case may be reported to Crime Stoppers at (503) 823-HELP (4357), online at www.crimestoppersoforegon.com, or OSP at (503) 731-3030.
 
The second ongoing investigation is into a May 2008 fatal vehicle / pedestrian hit & run crash on Highway 211 south of Colton that has generated a lead through a forensic analysis of evidence found at the scene. Information related to a suspect vehicle in the crash that took the life of a 23-year old Molalla man has previously been released to help develop more leads in this case.
 
A forensic examination at the Oregon State Police (OSP) Portland Forensic Laboratory of damaged headlight fragments and assembly parts identified the suspect vehicle as an unknown color 1992 to 1996 Ford F-series Pickup or Bronco. Investigators believe the suspect vehicle received obvious front damage predominantly in the right front headlight area after striking the victim.
 
On May 16, 2008 at approximately 1:15 p.m. a utility worker spotted a body in the ditch on the eastbound shoulder of Highway 211 near milepost 17. The investigation indicates the victim, JUSTIN L. WHITE, age 23, from Molalla, was walking in the area of the highway toward Colton where his mother lives at about 2:00 a.m. when he was struck from behind by the northbound suspect vehicle.
 
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Oregon State Police.