WINNIPEG — A North Dakota man wanted for murder in Texas is believed to be hiding out in Canada, according to the Manitoba Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The Manitoba RCMP said Derek Whisenand, 27, crossed the Canadian border near Haskett, Man., during the week of June 24 before traveling to Winnipeg and possibly eastern Canada.
According to a July 4 Facebook post from the Cavalier County Sheriff’s Office in North Dakota, Whisenand’s vehicle was recovered northwest of Walhalla only 2 miles away from the Canadian border.
Later that day, Pembina County Sheriff Terry Meidinger announced Whisenand was in Canada after being picked up by a person who gave him a ride to Winnipeg.
Whisenand is suspected of murdering 78-year-old Burton Duane Sanborn, who was found dead in his home of "severe trauma to the head” on June 26. He is also the subject of a warrant for arrest in Canada.
The RCMP describes Whisenand as Caucasian, 6 feet tall, 230 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. They said he was last seen with a black goatee and is traveling with a large mixed breed dog, possibly a mix of a German Shepherd and pit bull or boxer, brindle in color.
The RCMP warns the public that Whisenand may be armed and is considered dangerous.
If seen, he should not be approached and anyone with information is asked to immediately call 911 or the RCMP Integrated Border Enforcement Team at 204-324-9177. Those with information can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.