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California murder suspect arrested in Curry County following manhunt

A manhunt involving the US Marshals service and authorities in both Oregon and California ended in Port Orford on Friday.

Posted: May 26, 2020 2:55 PM

PORT ORFORD, Ore. — A multi-state manhunt ended in Port Orford on Friday with the arrest of a man wanted for murder in Kern County, California.

The U.S. Marshals Service and authorities in both California and Oregon were looking for 41-year-old Eric Appoldt based on a homicide warrant out of Kern County, stemming from an incident last February.

"His criminal history includes attempted murder, robbery and battery on a peace officer," the Sheriff's Office said.

Appoldt reportedly had family connections in Portland, and the Oregon State Police alerted the Curry County Sheriff's Office about his possible presence.

"A Curry County Deputy used every resource available to our office to identify a potential location for Appoldt on Hensley Hill Road in Port Orford and worked in cooperation with our Deputies and the Oregon State Police to locate and apprehend Appoldt without incident while he was found walking on Hensley Hill Road with an adult female," the Sheriff's Office said.

Appoldt was boked into the Curry County Jail and awaits extradition back to California for the murder charge.

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