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Missing Man: Kristopher David "KC" Clarke - ND - 02/22/2012

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Kristopher David Clarke

MISSING SINCE: February 22, 2012
LAST SEEN: New Town, North Dakota
SEX: Male
HEIGHT: 70.0 to 71.0 in
WEIGHT: 135.0 to 155.0 lbs
EYES: Brown
HAIR: Brown
SCARS/MARKS: From surgery to make repairs after a motorcycle accident in 2000: long scars on both legs, scar on left
wrist, scar on stomach, scar that goes from over ribs on left side around to upper back

Contact North Dakota DCI at 701-774-4310 with information.

NamUs MP #: 17150

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Funds raised for family of missing man

Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2012 10:32 pm | Updated: 10:43 pm, Thu Sep 6, 2012.


David Morris first met Kristopher D. Clarke, also known as KC, three and a half years ago when Clarke started working at Bruner Auto Group as a salesman. Even though Clarke later took a job in New Town, N.D., Morris kept in touch.

After not being able to contact Clarke in February, Morris started to suspect something was wrong. Morris’ suspicions were confirmed when a mutual friend asked Morris if he had seen the website on Clarke.

“He asked me if I knew that KC was missing,” Morris said. “After I saw the Facebook page, I immediately called his mother and have been keeping in contact with her at least every two to three days.”

Clarke, 29, was last seen on Feb. 22, 2012, at Blackstone Trucking in New Town wearing a gray jogging suit. He is 5 foot and 9 inches tall and about 140-155 pounds with brown hair and eyes. Clarke has scars on both lower legs, left wrist, left side over his ribs to his upper back and on his stomach from a motorcycle accident.

Clarke’s mother, Jill Williams, created the Find KC-gimpdaddy Facebook as another tool to help find her son and to receive tips on his location. According to a Facebook post, Williams explains why she named the page. “Friends called him gimp daddy after his motorcycle accident, and thought putting that in along with his name would make it easier to find this page.”

Williams’ husband and his friends left Buckley, Wash., Wednesday night to drive to Brownwood to pick up Clarke’s belongings. Williams and her husband will be using all of their savings to finance the journey and fear they won’t have enough money for their trip of more than 5,000 miles.

“We hadn’t realized what a huge undertaking this was going to be,” Williams said. “We will be using all of our savings and we don’t have much money either. We had saved for a very long time to have any savings — this economy is terrible. To those of you who can't help financially, you can still help by praying, giving advice, tips and support. Every kind of help is appreciated and precious to us.”

Morris is hoping to ease some of the financial burden by collecting donations locally and helping the family move Clarke’s belongings.

“We will be presenting the donations we collect to his family Saturday,” Morris said. “I know how much of a financial strain picking up KC’s belongings will be on the family. They aren’t just coming here, they will also be going up to North Dakota.”

Donations are being accepted locally and can be given to David Morris at Bruner Auto Group, J.D. Walker at Stanley Dodge, and at KOXE. Donations can also be made online via Paypal to The Find KC-gimpdaddy Facebook page asks for donations made through Paypal be marked as a gift to avoid any fees.

For more information about making a donation or to assist with moving Clarke’s items, call Morris at (325) 200-8928.

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Murder in Bakken Formation: Police probe possible connection to other disappearances

By Cristina Corbin

Published May 17, 2013

The murder of a North Dakota man has authorities investigating whether other recent missing persons cases are connected or the work of separate criminals who've descended on the area known as the Bakken Formation, where new discoveries of oil and natural gas have drawn thousands of transient newcomers and strained the resources of police.

Police on Tuesday found the body of 58-year-old Jack Sjol in a shallow grave about six miles southeast of his ranch in Williston. Sjol was shot "multiple times," and authorities arrested and charged 33-year-old Ryan Stensaker with his murder, Williams County Sheriff Scott Busching told Stensaker, who has a history of drug-related convictions, is being held on $1 million bail.

"He would give the shirt off his back for someone," Sjol's niece, Aubrey Millar, said in an interview. "When you think of the stereotypical North Dakota cowboy, that's him."

"He was always there to help. He never wanted anything in return," Millar said of her uncle, a 30-year Williston resident, who was last seen on April 24.

Sjol's case is one of several missing persons cases to hit the area since an influx of people moved to the region in pursuit of high-paying jobs in the oil and gas industry.

Kristopher "KC" Clarke, 29, was last seen more than a year ago in the Williston area. Clarke, originally from Washington state, disappeared under suspicious circumstances, according to his mother, Jill Williams.

Authorities are also searching for 30-year-old Eric Haider, who lived in Bismarck and worked in Dickinson, about 132 miles away from Williston. Haider was last seen on May 24, 2012, at his job site.

Investigators are considering whether the men's disappearances are connected or whether they are separate crimes committed by convicts who find it easy to go undetected in an area that's experienced a recent population boom because of discoveries in the 200,000-square-mile Bakken Formation, which stretches through swaths of North Dakota and Montana. So many men have moved in recent years to North Dakota, where unemployment is the lowest in the nation, that they must live in camps and RVs because new home construction can't keep up with demand.

"They're separate cases right now but the possibility that they may be connected is being looked into," Busching told"We have a tremendous transient population. We have very few addresses," Busching said. "We have over 90,000 man camp beds permitted in Williams County alone, and countless RV’s, RV parks, sanctioned or not."

We have people living in tents and under bridges," he said. "They come and go."While authorities describe an overwhelming task at hand, the victims' family members, like Jill Willliams, are outraged over what they say is a lack of publicity given to the missing men.

"They cannot keep track of anybody," Williams said of the local police. "It is absolutely like the Wild West. They're ill-equipped to do anything. They’re overwhelmed and overworked."

"It is the perfect hiding place for rapists, pedophiles and serial killers," she said. "This isn’t just about my son. It’s about everyone missing out there."

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kristopher "KC" Clarke is being urged to call the Williston Police Department at 701-577-1212. For tips or information related to the disappearance of Eric Haider, the public is urged to contact the Dickinson Police Department at 701-456-7762.

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Searchers to look for Clarke

Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2013 3:58 pm

By Larry Griffin

A search for missing Khristopher “K.C.” Clarke, 29, will start Saturday, July 20. Interested parties will comb the Williston and Mandaree areas in search for the missing man.

Clarke, who went missing in February 2012, has now been gone for more than a year after he left his home state of Washington to seek a truck driver’s job in North Dakota. He found a job at Blackstone Trucking in Mandaree, and he drove a white 2007 Chevy 3500 series diesel extended cab pickup truck.

The truck was found three months after Clarke went missing in Williston. But there was no sign of Clarke. The truck was missing Clarke’s keys, wallet, cell phone and gun, but everything else was left intact.

Clarke is around 140 pounds, has brown hair and eyes and stands 5-9.

He has various scars, screws and plates in both legs from a motorcycle accident and no spleen.

There is an official Facebook page for the search for Clarke, which concerned parties can visit at

A July 5 posting on the Facebook page from an admin pleaded with the guilty party to come clean, if not with the law then with Clarke’s parents.

“Wondering how you live with yourself. Just really can’t fathom that kind of evil ... we all have to meet our maker someday — don’t envy you when that happens,” the post reads. “Just send an anonymous note, pm or make a phone call. No one but me will know that you contacted me. When we find K.C. no one will know if we just stumbled across him or someone said something. Don’t be a coward. Do the right thing, and you are forgiven by me.”

Anyone interested in joining the search can visit the Facebook page and sign up. Those who cannot actively search can help distribute food, water and first aid to those who are searching.

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Search planned in northwest ND for missing man

Posted: Jul 20, 2013 7:03 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 20, 2013 7:03 AM EDT

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A search is planned this weekend in northwestern North Dakota for a Washington state man who has been missing for more than a year.

Twenty-9-year-old Khristopher Clarke came to North Dakota in February 2012 to seek a truck driver's job. He found one in Mandaree but later went missing. His truck was found three months later in Williston.

The Williston Herald reports ( ) that the search starting Saturday will focus on both the Williston and Mandaree areas.

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Murder, Mayhem and Mexican Mafia Stalk the Bakken Oil Fields

By Georgianne Nienaber

1/25/2014 at 19:26:39

(Article changed on January 27, 2014 at 08:10)


Shortly before Spokane businessman Doug Carlisle was found murdered in the kitchen of his three story home he told his son, "If I disappear or wake up with bullets in my back, promise me you will let everyone know that James Henrikson did it." Spokane police detectives pinned the actual hit on small time burglar Timothy Suckow, but affidavits filed in the incident cite evidence that North Dakota businessman James Henrikson may have ordered the hit over ownership of oil rich lands in the Bakken oil fields, and that Henrikson had also ordered "muscle" to intimidate tribal chairman Tex Hall of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota.


Investigations showed Carlisle, an owner in trucking company Kingdom Dynamics Enterprises, was trying to buy Henrikson out of his share of 640 acres of North Dakota land they owned with plans to drill for oil.


On December 15 Carlisle and his wife returned home to find a gunman in the home. His wife fled upstairs and hid in a closet while the killer shot her husband at point blank range and then fled in a white van. Police found several weapons belonging to the alleged shooter, Suckow, including a .45 caliber handgun matching the description of the weapon used to kill Carlisle, according to investigators.


A leather glove dropped in the backyard subjected to DNA testing also matched Suckow, according to published reports.


James Henrikson was arrested on unrelated federal firearms charges this week by agents from Homeland Security Investigations and the Bismarck/Mandan Metro Area Narcotics Task Force. His phone number was found in Suckow's contact list. As a convicted felon with a long and colorful rap sheet, Henrikson is being charged with the illegal possession of firearms, but so far has not been charged with the Carlisle murder, despite Carlisle's predictions.


The Bakken oil patch is slowly turning into a killing field winding through 9,000 temporary housing projects called "man camps." Fueled by drugs, alcohol and desperation, the innocent homeless and the guilty desperate dregs of humanity are forced to sleep in cars and under bridges as the workforce explodes, infrastructure implodes, and social mores collapse. In May 2013, police found 58-year-old Jack Sjol in a shallow grave about six miles southeast of his ranch in Williston, ND. 33-year-old Ryan Stensaker, who has a history of drug related convictions was arrested and charged with his murder.


In a case related to the Carlisle investigation, Kristopher "KC" Clarke, 29, disappeared from the Williston area over a year ago in 2012. Originally from Washington State, Clarke worked for Henrikson as an operations manager and newspaper reports indicate Henrikson is a person of interest in his disappearance. Clarke, AKA "Gimpdaddy," was a long-term friend of Henrikson and employed at Henrikson's firm, Blackstone Trucking. Friends say Clarke was owed $600,000 by Henrikson and was last seen in an argument with him in Mandaree North Dakota before disappearing. The case is still under investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact Special Agent Steve Gutknecht, of the North Dakota Bureau of Investigations, at 701-774-4310.


The North Dakota Bakken Oil patch straddles the rich shale oil formation known as the Williston Basin. Once mining interests learned how to release the shale-embedded oil in a process known as fracking, an oil boom was born. Since 2008, according to tribal records, more than $500 million in oil revenue leasing rights and royalties has flowed into Fort Berthold Reservation coffers.


Statements and affidavits filed by investigating officers in Spokane show that Tex Hall, the elected tribal chief of the MHA Affiliated Tribes at Fort Berthold, controls Moheshu Energy, an oil company operating on the reservation. James Henrikson worked for Hall and is currently under federal investigation for defrauding Moheshu Energy out of millions of dollars.


Eric Guerrero, who works for Henrikson, bragged to an unidentified informant that he had been in prison for murder and the informant, whose name has been blacked out in documents, claims that Guerrero has the words "Mexican Mafia" (a nationwide Hispanic prison gang) tattooed on the back of his head. The witness told a detective working on the case that Guerrero told him that he (Guerrero) was approached by Henrikson to ask if he knew anyone who would kill tribal chairman Tex Hall.


Guerrero admitted to authorities that he worked for Henrikson driving truck, and had the Mafia tattoo, but refused to cooperate after he denied that he was asked to kill Hall.


Fort Berthold Tribal Elder, Marilyn Hudson, who recently spoke to the Minneapolis Star Tribune  about the necessity to take a stand to protect sacred lands from oil development wonders why the disappearance of "Gimpdaddy" Clarke did not resonate with people in the Fort Berthold area.


"The first I heard about it (K.C. Clark) was when a flyer was distributed in the area warning people about Henrikson and Creveling (his wife Sarah Creveling) about a year ago. No law enforcement people had ever mentioned this missing person or made any attempt to find him," Hudson said in an email.


"The detective in Spokane in less than a month found and arrested the a killer; interviewed a lot of people and took affidavits; uncovered a chain of people who had extensive criminal records; and traced them all over at least four states -- North Dakota, Texas, Montana, and Washington," Hudson wrote.


She feels the Fort Berthold people are vulnerable, and added that it appears an established criminal network operated with impunity until Spokane investigators discovered the Tex Hall murder plot and "possibly even solved the murder of KC Clarke."


Hudson also wonders how Henrikson and Carlisle were able to acquire oil leases on 640 acres of Indian lands. "Did the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) approve it?" Since Blackstone Trucking did business with Moheshu Energy on Indian lands, where did the profits come from and were tribal lease holders paid?


In another mystery, authorities are also looking for 30-year-old Bismarck resident Eric Haider, who lived in Bismarck and worked in Dickinson, just over a hundred miles from Williston. Haider was last seen on May 24, 2012, at his job site.


Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kristopher "KC" Clarke is being urged to call the Williston Police Department at 701-577-1212. For tips or information related to the disappearance of Eric Haider, the public is urged to contact the Dickinson Police Department at 701-456-7762.

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5 men indicted for South Hill murder-for-hire


Author: Melissa Luck, KXLY4 Executive Producer

Jeff Humphrey, KXLY4 Reporter ,

Published On: Sep 17 2014 09:36:09 AM PDT   Updated On: Sep 17 2014 06:36:44 PM PDT


Spokane, Washington - Five men have been indicted in U.S. District Court for ordering and carrying out the murder of South Hill businessman Doug Carlile. They're also charged with ordering the murder of another man, whose body has not been found.


Carlile was shot to death in his home in December 2013. Immediately, investigators started looking into business deals he had in the oil fields of North Dakota.


They closed in on a man named Timothy Suckow, who was charged in Spokane with carrying out Carlile's murder. All along, investigators have been looking for evidence that would also implicate a man named James Henrikson, who lives in North Dakota and was suspected of ordering the hit.


A confidential informant told police Henrikson specifically targeted Carlile for the hit. According to the informant Henrikson and Suckow exchanged e-mails about the murder that would pay Suckow $20,000, that Henrikson sent Suckow pictures of both Carlile and his home and that Henrikson wanted Carlile dead and "not just sucking through a straw."


When Henrickson complained to Suckow the hit was taking too long, Suckow allegedly replied he still had Carlile's residence, which he had nicknamed "the treasure chest," under surveillance.


The informant said just three hours after Carlile was killed he was awakened by a text from Suckow that said "Tell the boss to watch the news."


Count two of the indictment alleges Henrikson, Suckow, Robert Delao, Robby Joe Wahrer and Lazaro Tomas Pesina are responsible for Carlile's murder.


According to the indictment handed up Tuesday in Spokane, Henriksen also hired Suckow to kill a man named Kristopher Clarke. Clarke was reported missing in 2012 and hasn't been seen since. In online posts, Clarke's family pointed to his dealings with Henrikson as the reason for his disappearance. Suckow's name has never been mentioned in connection with that crime until the indictment.


Henrikson and Delao, along with a man named Todd David Bates, are also accused of conspiring to kill Jed McClure, Jay Wright and Tim Scott. Those murders were never carried out.


The indictment also charges the men with distributing heroin.


The details of how and why the murders were ordered and carried out are part of the criminal complaint, still sealed in federal court.


Henrikson is currently in jail in North Dakota, charged with weapons violations there.  Wahrer was previously charged with murder for driving the getaway car from the Carlile murder and is in the Spokane County Jail. All six men are scheduled for court appearances this week.

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FBI: Washington jail staff spot sheets hanging from cell; foil escape attempt


Friday August 21, 2015 8:42 PM


SPOKANE, Wash. - CBSNEWS/AP - Staffers at a jail in eastern Washington state foiled an escape attempt by spotting a 100-foot trail of knotted bed sheets hanging from the window of a cell housing a suspect in a murder-for-hire plot.


They saw the rope of sheets that nearly reached the ground around 4:30 a.m. Thursday and put the Spokane County Jail on lockdown. The escape "was thwarted by the good work of the staff," FBI spokesman Frank Harrill told the Spokane newspaper The Spokesman-Review.


The cell belongs to James Henrikson, a felon linked to fraud and terror in North Dakota. Authorities told CBS affiliate KREM Henrikson busted out a window and tried to use sheets as a rope to escape from the building.


After finding the dangling sheets, officials moved Henrikson and a cellmate to another part of the jail. The cell window is about 4 feet tall but less than 5 inches wide, according to Spokane County Jail Commander John McGrath.


He was sent to Washington state to face federal charges of ordering the killings of a business associate that owed him nearly $2 million and his former trucking company employee.


Since both inmates in the cell are federal inmates, the FBI is investigating, reports KREM. Inmates have regular weekly access to clean bedding as well as dirty laundry hampers located in their housing units, the station reports.


Spokane county officials told KREM it's not clear if one or both of the inmates in the cell were involved with the escape attempt.


In February, authorities investigated after another inmate reported that Henrikson planned to escape by having a team attack a U.S. Marshals Service van with guns, grenades and gasoline, according to court records. Prosecutors allege that Henrikson attempted to recruit others to assist in escaping the jail in return for a hefty cash payment, reports the station.


Last September, Henrikson was indicted on murder-for-hire charges in the deaths of Doug Carlile and Kristopher "K.C." Clarke in Washington state. He was extradited to Washington from a North Dakota jail, where he was being held on illegal weapons charges.


The indictment came nine months after Carlile, 63, was shot in the kitchen of his house in an upscale Spokane neighborhood after returning from church, and 2½ years after Clarke, 30, was last seen at Henrikson's trucking company, Blackstone LLC. Clarke's body has never been found.


Henrikson, 36, formerly of Watford City, North Dakota, has told investigators that Carlile owed him nearly $1.9 million for their dealings in Kingdom Dynamics, an oil development firm.


The indictment also alleges that Henrikson conspired to kill three other people.


Ken Coburn, who was working out near the jail around 6 a.m. Thursday, said he was surprised to see the knotted-together bed sheets hanging from one of the jail's windows.


"That's the oldest trick in the book, next to putting a file in a cake," he said.

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Kristopher has not been located/recovered.


Williston Police Department at 701-577-1212

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