Arrest Made in Russell Creek Homicide Case in Yamhill County

Posted on November 29, 2023

Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit (SIU) detectives have made an arrest related to the homicide that occurred on Monday November 27, 2023, on NW Russell Creek Road in rural Yamhill.

Based on information obtained very early in the investigation, a local area law enforcement bulletin was sent out area wide on Monday afternoon with a description and a surveillance image of a vehicle connected to subjects involved in the homicide incident.  This information was distributed to law enforcement agencies only to preserve the potential to recover evidence relevant to the case.

On Tuesday November 28, 2023, about 1:00 am a Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy located a vehicle matching the description parked in a residential neighborhood in Cornelius.  Washington County Sheriff’s Office set up containment and observation of the vehicle, and Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to the scene.  A search warrant was served at about 6:00 am and the vehicle, a tan 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe, was seized and taken to the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office for evidence processing.  Detectives conducted interviews in the area and worked with Washington County Sheriff’s Office and discovered that a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy had previously seen the same vehicle on the afternoon of Monday, November 27, 2003, at a local business.  When observed, the vehicle had different license plates displayed.

Detectives were able to recover additional video surveillance which led SIU detectives to obtain a search warrant for a residence in the city of Cornelius.  On Tuesday November 28, 2023, about 8:00 pm, Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from Washington County Sheriff’s Office, executed the search warrant at a residence in the area of 28th and Holladay Streets in Cornelius.  Items of evidence related to the case were recovered, and one arrest was made.

Brendan Dante Waco, age 19, from Cornelius, OR was arrested for Murder in the Second Degree, and lodged in the Yamhill County Jail (No Bail).  Detectives are continuing the investigation and additional arrests are expected.

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