June 16 was the seventh anniversary of the death of Marion County Deputy Kelly Fredinburg, who was killed in a late night traffic crash involving another vehicle on Highway 99E north of Gervais.
The driver of the other involved vehicle, Alfredo De Jesus Ascencio, is still a fugitive wanted for two counts of criminally negligent homicide for causing the death of his 19-year-old passenger and Fredinburg.
A reward of up to $21,000 is still available for information that leads 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 familys relentless commitment, along with a $20,000 reward, supports and helps investigators to find the fugitive responsible for Fredinburgs death. This reward is in addition to $1,000 offered by Crime Stoppers for information that leads to an arrest in the case.
According to a press release, 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 sheriffs department, prosecutors, investigators and Fredinburgs 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 De Jesus Ascencio and holding him accountable for his actions will bring some closure to this tragedy, Myers said.
De Jesus Ascencio, who turned 27 in January, has been sought by the Marion County District Attorneys Office, Oregon State Police (OSP) and Marion County Sheriffs Office (MCSO) since he was indicted Aug. 3, 2007 by a Marion County Grand Jury on two counts of criminally negligent homicide.
On June 16, 2007, at approximately 11:30 p.m. Deputy Fredinburg was en route 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. Fredinburgs 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 Sheriffs 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 received minor injuries.
De Jesus Ascencio, who was 20 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 Aug. 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.
Anyone with information related to this investigation to help locate De Jesus Ascencio can report tips by phone at 1-800-452-7888.