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Clark County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit investigates fatal motorcycle collision - 07/21/24

On 7/21/24 at approximately 1326 hrs a witness called 911 to report finding a collision near 18600 NE 399th Street, Amboy, WA.   A vehicle and a motorcycle were involved in a collision leaving one person with significant injuries.  First responders arrived to find an involved person had succumbed to their injuries.  The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide Unit was called out to conduct an investigation.  The roadway will be closed for several hours during the investigation. This case is active pending further investigation.  

Larry Kuntz
Larry Kuntz
Update- Found Safe- Clark County Sheriff's Office Seeks Assistance Locating Missing Endangered Man (Photo) - 07/20/24

Update 7/20/24 8:45pm

Larry has been found safe and is being taken home now. Thank you to everyone! He was found by some nice folks and called in.


The Clark County Sheriff's Office is asking for assistance in locating a missing endangered man.

Larry Kuntz is an 81 year old white male last seen near his residence in the area of SE 1st Street and SE 165th Avenue in Vancouver WA. Larry was last seen wearing a blue baseball cap, a blue and khaki short sleeve shirt and khaki shorts.  

Larry has dementia and has not been seen for approximately 2 hours. 

If you locate / see Larry please call 911 immediately to report his location.

A photo of Larry is attached.

Attached Media Files: Larry Kuntz
Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT) - Vancouver Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Investigation (Columbia Way), Release #7 - 07/19/24

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, is continuing the investigation of the Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) officer-involved shooting (OIS) that occurred on June 8th, 2024, on Columbia Way in Vancouver, WA.

Investigators are authoring reports to submit to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Per WAC 139-12-030, which governs independent investigations, additional updates will be provided weekly.

Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT) - Vancouver Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Investigation (Andresen Road), Release #5 - 07/16/24

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, is continuing the investigation of the Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) officer-involved shooting (OIS) that occurred on June 17th, 2024, on NE Andresen in Vancouver, WA.

Investigators have submitted evidence to the Washington State Crime Lab and are authoring their reports to submit to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Per WAC 139-12-030, which governs independent investigations, additional updates will be provided weekly.

Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT) - Vancouver Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Investigation (Columbia Way), Release #6 - 07/12/24

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, is continuing the investigation of the Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) officer-involved shooting (OIS) that occurred on June 8th, 2024.

Investigators are still awaiting the results of search warrants for business records and are in the process of authoring reports to submit to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Per WAC 139-12-030, which governs independent investigations, additional updates will be provided weekly.

Missing female
Missing female
Update- Found Safe- Clark County Sheriff's Office seeks assistance to locate missing endangered woman (Photo) - 07/10/24

Update 7/10/2024 4:25pm


Our apologies for this not going out on Monday when she was found, but Aecha was located and found uninjured. She was returned home safely on Monday, 7/8/2024 at around 5:15pm.


The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing endangered female. 

Aecha Morales was last seen in the area of NE 101st Ct and NE 70th Cir in Vancouver, WA at approximately 9:30 AM this morning.  Aecha suffers from Alzheimer’s and doesn’t know her phone number or address.  

Aecha description is:

-Asian Female

-5’6”

-145lbs

-brown / red shoulder-length hair

-Wearing a Seahawks hoodie, brown jacket, stone-washed capris, and blue shoes

A photo of Aecha is attached.

Anyone with any information as to Aecha’s whereabouts is asked to call 911. 

Attached Media Files: Missing female
Thomas
Thomas
Update-Found Safe-Clark County Sheriff's Office seeks assistance to locate missing endangered male (Photo) - 07/10/24

Update 7/10/2024 4:15pm

Thomas was safely located just after 4:00pm today near Vancouver Mall and has been returned home.


The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing endangered male. 

Thomas Olson (age 73) was last seen in the area of 5701 NE St. Johns Rd in Vancouver, WA at approximately 3:30 AM this morning.  Thomas suffers from Alzheimer’s and left his residence without his phone which the family uses to communicate with him to pick him up.  Thomas is known to walk up to 3 or more miles from his residence and may be in the downtown Vancouver area.  

Thomas’ description is:

-White male

-6’0”

-180lbs

-salt and pepper short hair with a mustache 

-Thomas left during the night and his clothing is unknown

A photo of Thomas is attached.

Anyone with any information as to Thomas’ whereabouts is asked to call 911. 

Attached Media Files: Thomas
Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT) - Vancouver Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Investigation (Andresen Road), Release #4 - 07/09/24

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, is continuing the investigation of the Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) officer-involved shooting (OIS) that occurred on June 17th, 2024, at approximately 12:50 a.m. on NE Andresen in Vancouver, WA.

Investigators are still reviewing BWC videos, written statements, and reports. Additionally, they are nearing completion of evidence processing.

Per WAC 139-12-030, which governs independent investigations, additional updates will be provided weekly.

Life flight
Life flight
Single Vehicle Collision (Photo) - 07/09/24

On July 9, 2024, at approximately 0717 hours, personnel from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, North County Medics and Clark County Fire Rescue were dispatched to 26931 NE Lucia Falls Rd for the report of an injury collision.

Responding units found a 1992 Jeep Wrangler in the northern ditch of NE Lucia Falls Rd.  The adult driver was found unconscious underneath the vehicle.   The driver was transported to a local hospital by Life Flight.   

Initial investigation found the driver left the roadway and rolled the vehicle.  The driver appeared to have not been wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. 

The Clark County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit is investigating the collision. 

Attached Media Files: Life flight , crash
Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT) - Vancouver Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Investigation (Columbia Way), Release #5 - 07/05/24

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, is continuing the investigation of the Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) officer-involved shooting (OIS) that occurred on June 8th, 2024.

Investigators are still awaiting search warrant results for business records. Investigators are in the process of authoring reports to submit to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Per WAC 139-12-030, which governs independent investigations, additional updates will be provided weekly.

Clark County Sheriff's Office Body-Worn Camera Project Completed - 07/03/24

Just over a year ago, on 6/20/2023, the Clark County Council authorized the County Manager to sign a five-year contract with Axon Enterprises to provide Body Worn Cameras (BWCs), vehicle cameras, updated Taser products, as well as other performance improvements and tools to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), 

Today, on 7/3/2024, the project manager for the CCSO Body-Worn Camera Implementation Project updated the final status report and declared the project completed. The project stayed on time and came in under projected budget costs.

As part of this project, the Sheriff’s Office has issued and provided training for 134 BWCs and 133 Taser 10 systems, outfitted 95 marked patrol vehicles and two CCSO armored vehicles with vehicle camera systems, and installed microphone and camera systems in three interview rooms.

The Sheriff’s Office would again like to thank the voters of Clark County for passing the Public Safety Tax, which funds the BWC program. 

A special thank you goes to the Clark County Council, the County Manager’s Office, the Clark County IT Department, the Clark County Budget Office, the Clark County Public Works Fleet Services Division, the Body-Worn Camera Project Team, and all those who worked hard to make this project happen.

Replica Pistol
Replica Pistol
Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT) - Vancouver Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Investigation (Andresen Road), Release #3 (Photo) - 07/02/24

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, is conducting the Independent Investigation of the Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) officer-involved shooting (OIS) that occurred on June 17th, 2024.

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office previously identified the decedent as 40-year-old Jonathan West Nelson. Investigators have been in contact with Nelson’s family members to keep them apprised of the investigation.

A review of body-worn camera video from the incident shows Nelson producing what appears to be a firearm from his pocket.  Nelson also was in possession of a folding-blade pocketknife. 

Investigators located both objects at the scene and determined that the firearm was a modified replica airsoft gun. The item appears to be a replica Colt 1911 airsoft gun. Pictures of the replica firearm and pocketknife recovered from the scene are attached.

Investigators have received and are reviewing written statements and body-worn camera videos from the involved officers.

Per WAC 139-12-030, which governs independent investigations, additional updates will be provided weekly.

Attached Media Files: Replica Pistol , Pocketknife , Scene Evidence
Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT) - Vancouver Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Investigation (Columbia Way), Release #4 - 06/28/24

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, is continuing the investigation of the Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) officer-involved shooting (OIS) that occurred on June 8th, 2024.

Investigators have authored search warrants for business records and are awaiting responses. Investigators are in the process of authoring reports to submit to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Per WAC 139-12-030, which governs independent investigations, additional updates will be provided weekly.

Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT) - Vancouver Police Department Officer Involved Shooting Investigation (Andresen Road), Release #2 - 06/25/24

The Southwest Washington Independent Investigative Response Team (SWIIRT), led by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, is conducting the Independent Investigation of the Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) officer-involved shooting (OIS) that occurred on June 17th, 2024.

The involved officers are being identified as follows:

Sergeant James Kelly

  • The Vancouver Police Department hired Sgt. Kelly in August 2015. He previously worked as a reserve deputy for the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s and as a police officer for the Longview Police Department. His assignments at VPD have included patrol and working as a detective in the East Neighborhood Response Team. Sgt. Kelly was promoted to Sergeant in January of 2022 and is currently assigned to West Patrol.

 Officer Jason Haigwood

  • The Vancouver Police Department hired Ofc. Haigwood in November of 2019. His assignments at VPD have included patrol, collateral duty as a member of SWAT, and collateral duty as a Sexual Assault Investigator. He is currently assigned as a K9 handler with his K9 partner Remi to East Patrol.

 Officer Justin Reiner

  • The Vancouver Police Department hired Ofc. Reiner in May of 2020. He previously worked as a police officer for the Maui Police Department. His assignments at VPD have included patrol and collateral duty for the Public Order Specialist Team. He is currently assigned to West Patrol.

 Officer Philip Wilkening

  • The Vancouver Police Department hired Ofc. Wilkening in July of 2020. His assignments at VPD have included patrol and collateral duty as a member of SWAT. He is currently assigned to East Patrol.

All four officers remain on critical incident leave. During the incident, VPD K9 Remi (assigned to Ofc. Haigwood) was shot in the tail. The K9 was transported to an emergency veterinary hospital, where he underwent surgery on his tail. K9 Remi was released from the hospital on June 18th and is recovering at home and is doing well.

On the date of the incident, investigators completed scene documentation and evidence collection. Investigators are now in the process of reviewing Body-Worn Camera (BWC) video files and statements from the involved officers.

Per WAC 139-12-030, which governs independent investigations, additional updates will be provided weekly.