Police investigating grim message left on missing student poster

Police investigating grim message left on missing student poster
An officer removes the poster on Monday evening.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Police here are investigating a mysterious message left on a missing person poster for Western Washington University student Dwight Clark.

A witness said a man walked up to the poster hanging outside a store, and wrote a message indicating that Clark had been stabbed to death.

The witness said she asked the man why he was writing that, and the man replied because that's what had happened.

The man drove off, but the witness called police.

A photo sent to KOMO News by a witness showed an officer removing the poster. The owner of the Super Store - outside which the poster was hanging - said police have reviewed the store's surveillance footage. He said investigators asked him for a description of the man, but he could not provide them with one as he'd not seen him.

Officials with the Bellingham Police Department did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Clark, 18, was last seen leaving a party near the Western Washington University campus at about 2 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 26.

Officials said the Auburn teenager was headed back to his dorm room, but never made it.

Clark's cell phone sent a blank text message about 40 minutes later, and investigators tracked the location from which the message was sent to downtown Bellingham.

Friends, family and fellow students spent the last week searching for Clark, and a Facebook page with thousands of fans has been providing updates and helping coordinate search efforts.

Clark is an honors student from Auburn High School and had just moved to Bellingham to start his freshman year at college when he disappeared.

A reward of $16,995 is being offered for information leading to Clark's safe return.