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Homeless camp causes concern at site of Vancouver murder

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A piece of Vancouver property with a dark history is again stirring up fear in local neighbors.

A homeless camp has sprung up on the vacant lot at Northeast 13th Avenue near 78th Street.

Neighbors say it's become overrun with people they believe are using and dealing drugs.

Registered sex offender Darrin Sanford is serving life in prison for killing 13-year-old Alycia Nipp on the property in February 2009. He pleaded guilty to the crime in June of that year.

Neighbors say a school bus lets kids out right near the property every day.

"There's meth pipes and scales, a big bin that says biohazard, needles, I mean there's just broken glass, 4-inch knifes sticking out of a tree," said Kristina Evans, who works nearby.

The camp can't be seen from the road.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office says there are eight different parcels of land back there, all privately owned. In order for deputies to enforce trespassing laws, they say the property owners would have to file a complaint.

The property is for sale and deputies say they are working to contract the owners to create a plan so they can clean up the area.

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