ELSIE - Clatsop County Sheriff's deputies investigating the death of Audrey Karge of Seaside are looking for information regarding a man last seen attempting to solicit a ride in the area of the Baker Store March 13.

The area is at approximately milepost 22 on U.S. Highway 26.

The man is James Donald Clark, 46. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall and has dark brown hair.

Authorities say he was associated with Audrey Karge in the weeks prior to her death.

Karge, 71, was found by an Oregon State Police trooper and a Clatsop County deputy on a logging road near Elsie late Sunday evening. She was in poor condition and suffering from hypothermia. A Medix Ambulance crew transported her to Seaside Providence Hospital, where her condition deteriorated and she died.

Clark is wanted on a Clatsop County felony warrant for possession of methamphetamine and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Sheriff Tom Bergin said deputies also want to talk with Clark regarding the events surrounding the death of Karge. Anyone having knowledge of James Clark's whereabouts, is asked contact any local law enforcement agency in their area immediately.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Michael Smith with Clatsop County Sheriff's Office at (503) 325-8635 ext. 2409.

Karge was married with three grown daughters. A former hairdresser and KSWB Radio station owner, she was director of the Seaside Visitors Bureau until her retirement in 2007 and worked on numerous community activities, including the Seaside Marathon, the Beach Volleyball Tournament and the annual Dixieland Jazz Festival.

A memorial for her will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Hughes Ransom Chapel in Seaside.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, in care of Hughes-Ransom Cremation & Mortuaries, 220 N. Holladay Drive, Seaside, OR 97138.

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