Emmet County manhunt comes up empty

Fri 9-11-2020

(Wallingford)-- A suspect remains at large in Emmet county following a search south of Wallingford Thursday.

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office says it started when a deputy in the 2400 block of Highway 4 observed a southbound U-Haul with a car dolly attached matching the description of a vehicle possibly involved in a hit-and-run in Estherville minutes earlier. The deputy pulled over the vehicle which turned onto 250th Street. The driver jumped from the moving vehicle in the west ditch and fled on foot into a wooded area and adjacent corn field.

An extensive search of the area was conducted for several hours utilizing a drone, tracking dogs and the Multi Agency Response Team but the suspect couldn't be found.

Further investigation revealed the U-Haul had been stolen September 8th in Sioux Falls.

The suspect authorities are looking for is described as a white male 30 to 40 years of age wearing a black Carhart style coat, dark green Carhart style pants with shoulder length dark brown hair.

Anyone with information should contact the Emmet County Sheriff's Office.

The Estherville, Spencer and Britt Police Departments, Clay and Winnebago County Sheriff's Offices, Dickinson and Emmet County Emergency Management, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Narcotics Enforcement and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources assisted on the scene.


**Story courtesy of Community First Broadcasting's KUOO News**