Investigators identify victim in Hazel Dell homicide

No arrests made yet in Matthew Clark’s death

By Mark Bowder and Laura McVicker

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Updated: October 2, 2012, 7:08 PM

 
9610 N.E. 25th Ave.

A man found dead at a home in Hazel Dell on Monday has been identified by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Matthew M. Clark, 43, died of an apparent gunshot wound, the sheriff’s department said in a bulletin issued Tuesday morning. It said the precise cause of death would be determined by the Clark County Medical Examiner.

The case is being investigated as a homicide, the bulletin said. The Clark County Regional Major Crimes Unit is investigating and following up on leads, but no arrests had been made as of Tuesday night.

The incident was first reported just before 6:30 a.m. Monday at 9610 N.E. 25th Ave., which is on an arterial street in a residential neighborhood near Northeast 99th Street.

Clark was described as a self-employed tattoo artist with a heroin and methamphetamine problem, according to court records of his criminal history.

With 20 criminal convictions in his past, Clark has been in and out of prison in the past decade, mainly for theft-related crimes.

In the 1980s, as a juvenile, Clark was convicted of a number of burglaries. He was convicted of more property crimes in the 1990s, with his most serious conviction being first-degree robbery.

Most recently, Clark was arrested in June and later convicted of criminal impersonation. Court records indicate Clark gave the name of his brother, Shane Clark, when stopped by a sheriff’s deputy because he had an outstanding warrant.

Investigators ask anyone with information on this case to call the tip line at 877-CRIME11 or 877-274-6311 or email a tip to CCSOCU@gmail.com.