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Arrest made in 2016 murder of Woodland resident

Vancouver resident arrested in murder of Donald William Howard

WOODLAND — After two years of active investigation, Cowlitz County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a male suspect in the 2016 murder of 62-year-old Donald William Howard of Woodland.

Donald William Howard
Donald William Howard

Howard was found murdered in his Dahlia St. home on Nov. 22, 2016. Woodland Police and the Sheriff’s Office have worked together on this investigation since the onset.

The suspect, Dustin Alan Griffin, age 39 of Vancouver, was arrested late Monday, and was booked in the Cowlitz County Jail for Murder in the 1st Degree.

“This is an example of the great day-in and day-out hard work being done by our detectives. We knew from the beginning that we were going to solve this case, but it has taken hard work and tenacity by these guys to get it done.” said Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson. “I couldn’t be happier for Mr. Howard’s family that this part of their nightmare is over.”

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