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Suspect in manhunt caught in McDowell County

MCDOWELL COUNTY (WLOS) - The suspect that launched a six day manhunt spanning two counties is now in custody.

Captain Jeremy Queen with the Transylvania County Sheriff's office confirms Phillip Michal Stroupe II was taken into custody in McDowell County. That's all the details he could provide right now.

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Authorities are concerned that a report of a missing man may be related to the hunt for an armed suspect believed to be in a national forest in North Carolina.

The Henderson County Sheriff's Office tells local media outlets that 68-year-old Thomas A. Bryan of Mills River was reported missing Wednesday after failing to pick up a family member from a doctor's appointment.

Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies have been trying to find 38-year-old Phillip Michael Stroupe II of Weaverville since Saturday. The Transylvania County Sheriff's Department says he's a suspect in a break-in and is believed to be armed with a handgun.

Officials have been telling visitors to stay away from the Pisgah National Forest as the search continues.

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7/26/2017 6:12:24 PM (GMT -4:00)

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The search for an armed suspect believed to be in a national forest in North Carolina is keeping visitors away and causing businesses in the area to lose customers during their most lucrative time of year.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports authorities continued to keep hundreds of acres of the Pisgah National Forest off-limits to hikers, bikers and campers Monday as seven law enforcement agencies searched a third day for 38-year-old Phillip Michael Stroupe II of Weaverville, described as a suspect in a break-in.

The forest along U.S. 276 was evacuated Saturday, including popular areas such as Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock and the Cradle of Forestry.

Transylvania County Sheriff's Capt. Jeremy Queen says about 10,000 people usually visit the area on a summer's day, though police haven't evacuated that many people.

Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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7/25/2017 6:23:21 AM (GMT -4:00)


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