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The Dalles detectives seek witnesses in murder case

Witnesses are being sought in the murder of an adult male found dead in The Dalles on Aug. 24.

The man killed last Friday night in the downtown area has been identified as Scott B. Erlenbush, a former custodian at Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley released the name of the victim Monday and said he was a resident of Dallesport.

Two individuals are being sought by Wasco County detectives for questioning in the case. They are considered potential witnesses or persons of interest.

Erlenbush’s body, according to Nisley, was discovered in the AmeriTitle parking lot in the 100 block of West Second Street shortly before 10 p.m. Aug. 24.

An autopsy was performed Saturday morning that confirmed homicide as the manner of death, said Nisley. However, he declined to provide information about the cause of the fatal wound.

Nisley did confirm that Erlenbush had not been shot, as was being circulated in some reports going around.

“We don’t want to release specific details related to the death so that we can protect the integrity of the investigation,” he said.

One possible witness told police she saw a man at a downtown bar wearing shorts covered in blood around 11:30 p.m. Friday evening.

“We have not determined if it is related to the case,” said Dan Nelson of TDPD.

An artist’s rendering of another possible witness was released by authorities Tuesday morning. The drawing is not of a suspect, said Nisley, but of a man who detectives believe might have given Erlenbush a ride to town that evening.

“This is a person who we are hoping will come forward with information about this case,” said the district attorney.

A second individual has also been identified as a person of interest as a possible witness in the case.

The lead detective on the case is Jamie Carrico at The Dalles City Police Department and he is asking for anyone who had contact with Erlenbush after 7 p.m. Friday to contact him at 541-296-2613.

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