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Junction City police search for wanted man

The man was reportedly acting strangely, offering to buy clothing that nearby children were wearing.

Posted: Apr 15, 2020 6:27 AM
Updated: Apr 15, 2020 10:57 AM

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. – Police are searching for a man who stole a truck and was reportedly acting strangely, offering to buy clothing that nearby children were wearing.

Police said a witness reported Mark Kloppel, 50, on Sunday afternoon after he was seen in the area of 2nd and Greenwood street.

Officers responded to the area and approached Kloppel, but he got away and wasn't found, police said.

The witness told police Kloppel was barefoot and acting very strange. Kloppel reportedly asked them to help get the ignition key and a cell phone from his semi-truck that was parked nearby.

Police found that the truck had been stolen from Seattle, Washington, on April 10 while the driver was getting fuel.

This prompted Junction City police to begin working with agencies in both Oregon and Washington.

Kloppel is described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 200 pounds, with short brown hair and blue eyes. He has a neatly-trimmed mustache and goatee.

Police also describe him as wearing light-colored metal-framed glasses and said he was last seen wearing a neutral-toned jacket or a long-sleeve shirt with a hood. Police also said he is known to wear orange-colored traffic safety vests.

Anyone with information on Kloppel or who knows of his whereabouts should contact the Junction City Police Department at 541-998-1245.

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