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ROSEBURG, ORE.: Oregon native is 1st donor to sniper reward fund

A Roseburg native became the first to donate a large sum to a reward fund for information leading to the capture of the Washington-area sniper.

The fund started by Montgomery County, Md., authorities reached $500,000 dollars.

Tim Blixseth, now a businessman living in Rancho Mirage, Calif., put up the first $50,000 from a private donor.

"I, like a lot of other Americans, was just totally appalled by the whole event," he said.

Blixseth, a co-founder of Crown Pacific Lumber Co. in Portland, is now a private investor and owner of Blixseth Corp. in Rancho Mirage, and the Yellowstone Club, a posh, exclusive Montana ski resort.

Following his contribution, Blixseth became the spokesman for the reward fund and appeared on CNN, Fox network and NBC's "The Today Show."

Authorities have yet to decide who will get the reward.

Kentucky truck driver Ron Lanz, who reported seeing a blue Chevrolet Caprice the sniper suspects were driving at a rest stop, is one candidate. He says he will share the money with the victims' families.

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