Sheriff Pursues Mac-Dunn Tiny Home Builder



The suspect with a Makita brand drill. Had he been using a DeWalt, he might have finished his project.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance from the public to identify a man who is building an unauthorized structure in the OSU McDonald-Dunn Research Forest. They have released photographs of the man, who is wearing a Canadian tuxedo (denim pants and denim shirt), sporting a man bun, and who appears to be holding a Makita brand drill. The photographs appear to have been taken by a trail camera, with a time stamp reading December 7th, 2018.

The Sheriff’s Office has also released pictures of the unauthorized structure, a roughly 10×10 square foot cabin frame that resembles a tiny home, constructed with green-painted lumber.

Law enforcement indicates that the suspect has cut down trees to facilitate space for the unauthorized construction. One photo shows that a young Douglas-fir, butting against a corner of the structure, has been cut off at about 10 feet from the base of the tree.

The forest, located about ten miles north of OSU, is used for research and academic training, and is an important source of income for the OSU School of Forestry. You can read more about the forest here and here. Also here.

This suspect is wanted by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office for Criminal Mischief. It is not yet known if this man is Canadian, despite his choice of outfit. Have a look at the suspect’s fancy new house below.

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By Jay Sharpe