Police arrest woman in Klamath Falls fatal hit-and-run Investigation

Someone hit and killed a 36-year-old man in the Klamath Falls area on Saturday.

Posted: Jun 17, 2019 11:31 AM
Updated: Jul 3, 2019 10:39 AM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. —

UPDATE: Oregon State Police say a tip led them to a vehicle involved in a hit and run crash that happened on June 15th in Klamath Falls.

Police found a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe that was believed to have struck and killed Henry Rittenhouse.

Troopers identified 20-year-old Alizabeth Witheril of Klamath Falls as the driver of the vehicle and arrested her for hit and run and tampering with physical evidence.

Police also arrested 18-year-old Blake Hooke of Klamath Falls for tampering with physical evidence.

(Updated 7/3/19 at 8:49 P.M.)


INITIAL REPORT: Investigators are looking for witnesses in a fatal hit-and-run crash that transpired in the Klamath Falls area in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to Oregon State Police (OSP).

Shortly before 4 a.m. on Saturday, dispatch received a call regarding a man found lying in the middle of South 6th Street at the intersection with Gary Street. Firefighters from Klamath County Fire District 1 responded, but pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

The victim was later identified as 36-year-old Henry Rittenhouse of Klamath Falls.

"On scene investigation determined that Mr. Rittenhouse had been struck by a vehicle that left the scene," OSP said.

Investigators believe that the suspect vehicle is gray, but they don't have any other descriptive information about the vehicle or driver that hit Rittenhouse.

Any one with information on this incident, or with information on the suspect vehicle, is asked to call Oregon State Police Dispatch at *OSP or 541-883-5711.


OSP has provided the attached photo of a piece of the suspect vehicle [picture of material framed by measuring tape] in hopes that someone will recognize the piece or damage to the front bumper area of a vehicle they are familiar with.

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