For about a week there has been a serious manhunt for a killer in one of my collecting locations. This area encompasses several miles of heavily forested land with steep ridges and thick vegetation in and around forest edges. The criminal they are looking for is wanted for two murders not far from my home. The entire area is on lock-down from the police. I hope they can locate this guy soon, because many people I know can't even get to their homes. The area is native to Timber Rattlesnakes and Copperheads, and is heavily populated by both species. So far he has evaded authorities for 6 days, possibly living off the land or even getting help from someone. It is quite difficult to locate someone in this type of habitat, with heat, treacherous terrain, ticks and mosquitoes, poisonous snakes and a dangerous killer on the loose, not making things any easier. He was sighted on two occasions, and they were confirmed as being accurate descriptions of the criminal. I will announce updates as they happen.
While living in south Florida a prisoner escaped from a correctional facility in Collier County(?). He took off into the an area north of Fakahatchee Strand. He was on the loose for a week or more in that huge swamp. He was found wandering along Alligator Alley begging to be captured. He was cover with mud in an attempt to prevent mosquitoes and deer flies from eating him alive.
I can attest to the severity of both mosquitoes and deer flies in that area of FLorida.
However, Water Mocassin and Rattle Snakes are super abundant as well.
Well after 7 days on the run this guy is in custody. He was sighted this morning and was captured in Stewart county Tennessee. He was going back and forth between Montgomery and Stewart counties for the past week or so. Local residents are finally relieved for their own safety and their homes. It's very sad though that some innocent people lost their lives because of this criminal.