Marion County Deputy Kelly Fredinburg was killed in a late night head-on traffic crash on Highway 99E, north of Gervais on June 16th, 2007.
Seven years later, the driver of the other vehicle, ALFREDO De JESUS ASCENCIO, is still a fugitive wanted in the death of Deputy Fredinburg and a 19-year old passenger in his own car.
Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers hopes this is the year that De JESUS ASCENCIO is found, bringing an end to the ongoing search that has frustrated the Sheriff's Department, prosecutors, investigators and Deputy Fredinburg's family.
"I think about Kelly and his family quite often and reflect upon the sacrifice they have made. While nothing will replace the loss of Kelly, finding Alfredo DeJesus Ascencio and holding him accountable for his actions will bring some closure to this tragedy," said Myers.
On June 16, 2007 at approximately 11:30 p.m. Deputy Fredinburg was enroute to an emergency call southbound on Highway 99E north of Gervais when his patrol car was struck head-on by a northbound vehicle driven by De JESUS ASCENCIO. Deputy Fredinburg's patrol car caught fire and he was pronounced deceased at the scene. Fredinburg joined MCSO in August 2006 after working the previous six years for the Polk County Sheriff's Office. He was 33 years old when he died.
Nineteen-year old passenger, Oscar Ascencio-Amaya, died from his injuries the following day at a Portland-area hospital. A second passenger suffered minor injuries.
De JESUS ASCENCIO, who was 20 years of age at the time of the crash, was treated for critical injuries at a Portland-area hospital. Investigators learned later that he fled the U.S. to Mexico around the time he was indicted August 3, 2007 and an arrest warrant was signed by a judge. Investigators believe De JESUS ASCENCIO is currently at an unknown location in Mexico. He was last believed to be in the area of Puacuaro, Muichoacan, Mexico. (Refer to link to area map)
A reward of up to $21,000 is still available for information leading to the arrest of De JESUS ASCENCIO.
The Fredinburg family worked closely with law enforcement officials to establish the "Oregon Officer Reward Fund" (OORF), available to help law enforcement arrest persons wanted in connection with line-of-duty police injury and death criminal investigations in Oregon. The family's relentless commitment, along with a $20,000 reward, supports and helps investigators to find the fugitive responsible for Deputy Fredinburg's death. This reward is in addition to $1,000 offered by Crime Stoppers (#07-28) for information that leads to an arrest in the case.
Anyone with information related to this investigation to help locate De JESUS ASCENCIO can report tips by phone at:
* In Oregon, call 800-452-7888.
* From anywhere in the United States for English and Spanish speakers to the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, refer to case #07-28, (bilingual call takers), call 1-503-823-HELP (4357).
* Residents within Mexico can call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, refer to case #07-28, (bilingual call takers) at +011-503-823-4357.
Email tips can be sent to crimetips2OSP@state.or.us.
Tips should have as much detail as possible including specific details about the type of case and information related to the criminal investigation. Even though tips may be received anonymously, those providing tips are encouraged to give contact information for follow-up by the investigator(s), if needed.
Note: De Jesus Ascencio photograph is only photo available and was taken before June 2007.