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Search scaled back, but not over for man on the run

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NEW LONDON, Mo. (WGEM) -

The manhunt is scaled back, but not over in the search for 29-year-old Jeremiah Preston, who deputies say led authorities on a chase through two counties that crashed a squad car and landed one deputy in the hospital.

The Ralls County Sheriff's Office says its looking into at least a dozen leads as it tries to figure out where the New London resident might be.

This all started Thursday morning in Hannibal when police went to serve a warrant on Preston, he then ran from officers and drove into Ralls County.

Police found him just south of New London where he crashed a truck in the woods and took off on foot near Missouri Highway F. 

(Read more about the chase here)

Ralls County Sheriff Gerry Dinwiddie said they used two helicopters to help in the search Thursday. One of the helicopters being a flir helicopter which uses infrared lighting. However, Dinwiddie said they chose not to use helicopters during Friday's search.

"If he's hiding behind a tree it won't show it. If he's under something it won't show it. So, if he crawls under a car it won't show it," said Dinwiddie.

Instead, Dinwiddie said they have four to five officers continuing to look through wooded areas.

Those who live near that area say they're still a little shaken up with what's happened in this usually quiet town.

"You see things in the big cities and stuff but, it's really strange when it's right out your back door," Larry Cornelius said.

"I'm still concerned. Is he here? Is he gone?" said Harold Baker. 

Dinwiddie is urging residents to keep their doors locked and to not leave their keys in their car because Preston may be looking for an easy escape.

You're urged to call law enforcement right away if you see anything suspicious.

 

 

 

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