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Audit of Ontario police evidence room unable to locate missing $900, possibly more

Ontario Police Department. (The Enterprise)

ONTARIO – Auditors couldn’t find $900 in cash missing from the evidence room of the Ontario Police Department and found indications other evidence may be missing, according to Police Chief Steven Romero.

Romero said Thursday that preliminary results shared with him by a team from the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police showed a 90% chance the evidence was gone, but that continued investigation was necessary to examine sealed evidence untouched in the initial audit.

Romero plans to ask the Ontario City Council to fund a broader audit. At this point, Romero said he wasn't sure what the cost would be.

Police officials discovered that the money was missing around May 7 after the Malheur County District Attorney’s Office requested the cash, which was being held as evidence . . .