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Fugitive Jumps Off River Bridge to Avoid Capture

About 3:10 p.m. on April 29, 2017 a LCSO deputy attempted to stop a westbound vehicle on U.S. 36 which was believed to contain a man wanted on one or more felony arrest warrant(s).

As Deputy Ford attempted to stop the vehicle about 3 miles east of Chillicothe, the driver continued westbound and stopped once near U.S. 65 and the suspect exited the passenger door. The suspect refused to comply with the requests from the deputy and Deputy Ford deployed the Taser on the suspect but did not see a noticeable reaction from the suspect. The fugitive returned to the vehicle which then continued westbound until quickly coming to a stop on U.S. 36 at the Grand River. The fugitive exited the car, put on a back pack, and jumped off the bridge into the river.

Deputy Ford reported seeing the backpack floating down stream and saw the fugitive swimming toward the bank. Deputy Ford attempted to get in a better position to apprehend the suspect but never saw the suspect again.

Multiple Emergency Responders from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, Chillicothe Police, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services, Missouri Department of Conservation, and MSHP Water Response have been searching the area by land and water.

As of this date at 6:30 p.m. the emergency responders have not located the suspect or any evidence suggesting the man exited the water. The air temperature was in the 40’s with strong winds and the water temperature is still cold.  Even with the rain today the Grand River was still low at the time of this incident and estimated at 8' in depth where the suspect entered the water.

The driver of the car was arrested for alleged Possession of Methamphetamine, Resisting Arrest by Flight, and Hindering Prosecution. That person will be transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail at first opportunity.

Additional press release to follow Monday with any updates.

Our thoughts and prayers remain for the safety of the emergency responders and the suspect.


Sheriff Steve Cox

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