Sheriff's Office probe remains open

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WALLA WALLA -- As it approaches the 21/2-year mark, an investigation involving the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office remains unresolved.

"The case remains ongoing, with no new public information," Frank Harrill, FBI supervising senior agent in Spokane, said Tuesday.

The probe began in October 2009 when then-Sheriff Mike Humphreys requested the Washington State Patrol look into possible financial improprieties in the sheriff's office.

Officials have said the probe focused on an individual, but requests for details have been denied because the matter is still under investigation.

Along with the WSP and the state Auditor's Office, the FBI became involved last year. Since the FBI's involvement, the WSP and Auditor's Office have deferred comment to that agency. Last week, county commissioners sent a letter demanding action to the Auditor's Office.

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