A man accused of murder in Texas is believed to be in Canada after illegally crossing the border into Manitoba, Canadian and U.S. law enforcement officials say.
Derek Whisenand, 27, had been evading police in the United States and crossed into Canada near Haskett, Man., sometime during the week of June 24, Manitoba RCMP said.
He then travelled to Winnipeg and may now be in Eastern Canada, the RCMP said in a news release Tuesday.
Paul Podhradsky, chief deputy of the Cavalier County Sheriff’s Department in North Dakota, said Mr. Whisenand’s vehicle was found in the state about 3 kilometres from the Canadian border.
“We were able to locate tracks around his vehicle and we were able to see that he walked across the border,” Chief Deputy Podhradsky said.
“It is believed he was then picked up by an individual, who ended up giving him a ride to Winnipeg.”
Chief Deputy Podhradsky said Mr. Whisenand is a homicide suspect in Eastland County, Texas, which is about 170 km southwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Investigators believe he does not have any ties to Canada.
The Eastland County Sheriff’s Office said Mr. Whisenand is accused of killing 78-year-old Burton Duane Sanborn.
“Preliminary autopsy information reveals there was severe trauma to the head of the victim,” police said in a new release late last month.
Police warn that Mr. Whisenand may be armed and that he is considered dangerous.
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