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Fallen Trooper Bret R Clodfelter

Bret R Clodfelter

Bret R. Clodfelter
1958 – 1992

Bret R. Clodfelter joined the Oregon State Police as a recruit on October 1, 1984 at the age of 26 and was initially stationed at The Dalles, Oregon. He served in the traffic division with temporary assignments in the criminal division in Gresham. In January 1992 he was assigned to the patrol division of the Klamath Falls office. In the early morning hours of Wednesday, September 30, 1992, Trooper Clodfelter, now age 34, had stopped a vehicle for suspected DUII near Klamath Falls. He arrested the driver and placed him in handcuffs for the trip to the jail. The other two occupants of the suspect's vehicle requested that they be given a ride to their residence which was nearby and Trooper Clodfelter agreed to their request. The three men were placed in the rear seat of the patrol car. One of the passengers was Francisco Manzo-Hernandez who had a criminal history of assault and drug use. A short time later a police dispatcher attempted to contact Trooper Clodfelter but was not able to get an answer on the radio so another Klamath Falls trooper was sent to locate Trooper Clodfelter. He was found in the driver's seat of his patrol car about four blocks from the site of the original traffic stop. He had been murdered and the three suspects were missing. A massive manhunt was formed to search for the murderers. Two of the suspects were arrested the same day but Manzo-Hernandez eluded the police for two days. A tip finally led officers to a barn near the Klamath Falls Fairgrounds where Manzo-Hernandez was arrested without incident. Manzo-Hernandez was convicted of the murder of Trooper Clodfelter and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Bret Clodfelter was the son of Lloyd and Lolita Clodfelter and born September 7, 1958 in Portland, Oregon. After graduation from high school he attended Mt. Hood Community College. He was married and had two children. He was survived by his parents, his wife and children, two grandparents, a brother and several other relatives.

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