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Manhunt For NY Escaped Prisoners Gains Intensity After DNA Match Confirmed

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Law enforcement officers continue searching the deeply wooded areas of northern Illinois for Lt. Joe Gliniewicz’s killer.  According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday morning the 32-year police veteran was on patrol, when he made a radio call saying he was running after three suspicious people.

That was the last time anyone heard from him. Fellow officers from Fox Lake Police Department arrived to find their colleague shot to death.

It’s unknown exactly why Gliniewicz was gunned down, except for his killer.  The FBI, U.S. Marshals and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have all joined in the hunt however the search for the three suspects hasn’t been easy.

Over 100 law enforcement officers have combed through the thick woods near Fox Lake on foot, all-terrain vehicles and even horseback.  Some officers brought along their K-9 partners to pick up possible scents.

Helicopters also aided the search. CNN affiliate WLS reports that nearby residents claim they saw SWAT teams searching their yards. Officers also knocked on doors looking for clues.

The search has school officials anxious too, several Illinois school districts, including Fox Lake, Gavin and Big Hollow, will be closed Wednesday.  Chris Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said until the search is over, residents should stay inside as much as possible and report any suspicious activity.

 

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