WCSO investigating 'outpouring of tips' on abandoned mobile home
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate Monday, Sept. 17, after half of a double-wide mobile home was abandoned outside an elementary school in Cornelius over the weekend.
Deputy Jeff Talbot, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, said investigators are grateful for the assistance of the public in the unusual case.
"We have received an outpouring of tips from the public," Talbot said.
He added, "We have investigative leads that we are following right now, and we are tracking those and continuing to investigate."
The mobile home was towed into the parking lot of Echo Shaw Elementary School and left behind by a pickup truck Saturday, Sept. 15, according to reports. The suspect vehicle is a Dodge 2500, the Cornelius Fire Department said, and the Sheriff's Office described the truck as white in color.
Talbot said he had no information to share as of late Monday morning on any suspects in the case.
However, he acknowledged that investigators are looking into a possibly connected Craigslist posting that was being discussed by community members on the WC Sheriff at Cornelius Facebook page.
The Craigslist posting shows photos of two halves of a mobile home bearing a strong resemblance to the unit left at Echo Shaw Elementary on Saturday, and it offers cash to anyone who can take the mobile home, which is listed as "salvage," off the owner's property. The location given is in a rural area between Gaston and Yamhill.
"I need it to be gone on or before Saturday September 15th," the posting reads in part.
Talbot told the News-Times on Monday, "We've received multiple tips regarding a Craigslist ad that's possibly related. We are thoroughly investigating that, as well as any other leads we have."
As for the mobile home at Echo Shaw, it was was removed before the start of the school week Monday. Talbot said it was towed Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16, to Cornelius city property, where it is being held as evidence.
The Sheriff's Office reported that the mobile home contained mold and was considered a hazard.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.
By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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