Police seek stolen eagle-themed items as part of Woodland homicide case

City of Woodland offering $3,000 reward

By Andy Matarrese, Columbian Breaking News Reporter

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As part of their search for suspects, investigators are looking for eagle-themed items they say were taken in the course of a Woodland resident’s homicide in November.

The city of Woodland is offering a $3,000 reward for tips.

Firefighters found Donald “Donny” Howard’s body when responding to a fire at his home at 2745 Dahlia St. early Nov. 22.

The fire appeared to have been lit intentionally, officials said. The Cowlitz County coroner found Howard, 62, died of blunt-force trauma and ruled his death a homicide.

In a news release, the Woodland Police Department and Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office said investigators think the suspects in Howard’s death stole memorabilia including knives, watches, cigarette lighters, jewelry and coins, many with eagle themes, from Howard’s home.

The agencies asked anyone with helpful information about the fire, homicide, burglary or the stolen items to call Cowlitz County sheriff’s Sgt. Brad Thurman at 360-577-3092 or Woodland police Sgt. Rob Lipp at 360-225-6965.

Tipsters who’d prefer to remain anonymous can use the Tip411 app on a smartphone. Tips also can be sent by texting 847411 and starting the message with CCSOTIP.