Yacolt woman has brush with man wanted on federal warrant

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter


photoDana Brown Investigators haul away a pickup believed to have been stolen by fugitive Kody D. Olsen and stuck off-road near Fargher Lake.


A Yacolt woman came face to face with a dangerous fugitive wanted by federal authorities, who was camped out in a stolen RV on her property. Police say Kody D. Olsen, 35, considered armed and dangerous, is still at large.

Dana Brown lives on 20 acres in the Fargher Lake area, but didn't know she had unwittingly been playing hostess to a wanted man until later Thursday afternoon. That morning, she said, her neighbor spotted a pickup stuck in the woods and an RV parked nearby. The neighbor grabbed a weapon, went to the RV, knocked on the door and started talking with a man and woman who had been sleeping inside.

At this point, Brown drove by with her daughter. She asked the man who he was and why he drove up on her property. The man avoided the question, mumbling something before he apologized and asked Brown for a shovel to help get the pickup out. He seemed to be paranoid, Brown said.

She went home with her daughter, locked the doors and called 911.

"At one point during the call, the operator suggested I call a tow truck for the guy. But she did send a deputy out — thank God!" Brown said in an email to The Columbian.

The man had fled the area by the time a sheriff's deputy arrived around 11 a.m.. He talked with a woman in the RV, later identified as Dawn M. King, 34, of Winlock. King said she was traveling with Kody D. Olsen, 35, who is wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service for failing to appear on a weapons charge, said Sgt. Fred Neiman, spokesman for the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

Inside the pickup and RV — both were stolen out of King County — police found evidence that Olsen had been there, Neiman said.

King was booked into the Clark County Jail Thursday on suspicion of first-degree possession of stolen property and auto theft. Brown said it took several hours to get the RV towed from her property, and a bulldozer was used to get the pickup out of the woods. Meanwhile, sheriff's deputies combed the area in search of Olsen. A reverse 911 call advised Fargher Lake area residents to stay indoors and call 911 if they spotted him.

Olsen is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall with hazel eyes and a bald head. Police believe he's carrying a firearm, so residents are advised to remain vigilant while he's still on the loose.

"My family tells me I tend to be overly suspicious, cautious, but I think you need to listen to your intuition and report it and protect your family," Brown said in an email.

The sheriff's office scaled back its search efforts after turning up empty-handed on Thursday.