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$20,000 reward in 2007 Marion Co. deputy death case

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GERVAIS, OR (KPTV) -

Police in Oregon and Mexico are looking for a man suspected of killing a Marion County sheriff's deputy and another man five years ago near Gervais.

Alfredo De Jesus-Ascencio, 25, is still on the run, five years after he caused a crash that killed his cousin and Deputy Kelly Fredinburg, according to investigators.

The county's district attorney said in a press conference Monday that the suspect fled to Mexico days after he was released from the hospital.

"I didn't lose Kelly, I lost a part of my family," Deputy Fredinburg's brother Kevin Fredinburg said.

On June 16, 2007, Kelly Fredinburg was heading to an emergency call on Highway 99 East near Gervais.

"I was in his area, so he'd stop by every night and stop by for a few minutes. I miss that. I miss going hunting and fishing and camping with him," the victim's brother said.

Deputies said De Jesus-Ascencio, then 20 years old, crossed the centerline crashing head-on with the deputy's car. The patrol car flipped and caught on fire. 

Kelly Fredinburg was pronounced dead at the scene and a passenger in the other car, Oscar Ascencio-Amaya, died later at the hospital.

"That was the hardest thing, that I got a call, the sheriff's department was on the way over to my house," said Gary Fredinburg, the deputy's father. "That was Father's Day morning. Father's Day has never been the same."

The Marion County District Attorney's Office released new details on the case on Monday.

They believe the suspect fled to Mexico before he could face charges. He is now wanted on two counts of criminally negligent homicide.

But first, he has to be found.

Kevin Fredinburg has helped put together the Oregon Officer Reward Fund. It was established to help solve serious crimes against law enforcement officers like this.

"I would love nothing more than to go to Mexico and bring him across the border, but it's illegal to do that in Mexico," he said. "So, the best way is to do things legally and correctly and this is why we're setting this up the way we did."

A small memorial stands at the scene of the crash for a man gone, but not forgotten.

"His words to me were, ‘Dad, it's my job. If I die doing that, I die doing what I loved,'" said Gary Fredinburg. 

There are arrest warrants out for the suspect in the United States and Mexico. If you have information that leads to an arrest and conviction, you could be eligible for a $20,000 reward.

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