Authorities say ND man wanted for Texas murder is hiding in Canada

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WINNIPEG, Canada (Valley News Live) Canadian authorities believe a North Dakota man accused of murdering an elderly person in central Texas is hiding in Canada.

Derek Whisenand, 27, crossed into Canada near Haskett, Manitoba during the week of June 24 before traveling to Winnipeg, according to Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

According to the Cavalier County Sheriff’s Office, Whisenand’s vehicle was recovered northwest of Walhalla two miles away from the Canadian border.

Whisenand is accused of murdering a 78-year-old man in Eastland County, Texas on June 26 with the autopsy revealing he died of “severe trauma to the head.”

RCMP stated Whisenand is considered dangerous and should not be approached.

He’s described as Caucasian, 6' tall, 230 lbs with brown eyes and brown hair. He was last seen with a black goatee. He is travelling with a large mixed breed dog, possibly a mix of a German Shepard and pit bull or boxer, brindle in color.

Anyone with information is asked to immediately call 911 or the RCMP Integrated Border Enforcement Team at 204-324-9177 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or submit a secure tip online at