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17-year-old Carle McConnell was killed in 1997; Vancouver police seek tips in cold case homicide

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Local News Editor
Published: May 30, 2023, 10:59am
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Carle McConnell (Photo contributed by Crime Stoppers of Oregon)
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The Vancouver Police Department, in partnership with Crime Stoppers of Oregon, is seeking information about a 1997 unsolved homicide.

The body of 17-year-old Carle McConnell was found in August of that year in the 1600 block of Devine Road, according to police.

“This case has remained active for nearly 26 years, and detectives from the Vancouver Police Department Major Crimes Unit have maintained connection with Carle’s family, who remain committed to seeking justice for Carle,” Crime Stoppers said in a news release.

Investigators are seeking tips and information that will lead to an arrest. Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information reported to the nonprofit that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers of Oregon; tipsters can remain anonymous. Tips can be submitted at http://www.crimestoppersoforegon.com/ or download the P3 Tips app.

McConnell’s mother, Lani McConnell, said her son was in the gifted child program as a young boy, mowed lawns in the neighborhood and delivered newspapers. At one point, he used the money he earned to travel to Washington, D.C., through his school. He was a big fan of the San Diego Padres and occasionally surprised his mother by cooking dinner for her, the news release states.

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