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Jennings State Forest Closed as Search for Kilgore Continues Near Middleburg

5:01 PM, Oct 12, 2010   |    comments
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  • MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- A neighbor of the family torn apart by gunfire Monday morning said he heard someone yell "help" before the gunshots rang out.

    The resident along Wooduck Road near Middleburg said he then saw a blue Trailblazer heading down the road toward Jennings State Forest.

    As a precaution, Jennings State Forest is being closed as the search for the man accused of shooting his family continues.

    According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, Christopher Scott Kilgore may have the provisions and the know-how to camp out in Jennings State Forest indefinitely, or he may have fled the area entirely in his parents' Trailblazer.

    Investigators on foot and with search dogs are looking through the forest today for 33-year-old Kilgore.

    Neighbors are concerned for their safety.

    "He needs to turn himself in," said Charlene Sigman.

    "Is he gonna come back here to the house and go crazy again?"

    Several neighbors said Kilgore, who grew up in the neighborhood, spent a lot of time in Jennings State Forest.

    The Division of Forestry had earlier decided to leave the forest open, but asked people to avoid it.

    This afternoon, officials decided to close the forest, just for safety reasons.

    Gates are being locked, and officials are asking that people avoid entering the forest on unguarded roads.

    Officials with the sheriff's office, the Division of Forestry, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the United States Marshals have joined in the search.

    The problem: the forest comprises nearly 24,000 acres of Duval and Clay counties.

    Kilgore is wanted for the fatal shootings that happened before sunrise Monday in a home on Wooduck Road.

    Deputies with the Clay County Sheriff's Office are no longer checking IDs of neighbors coming and going from the homes near the scene of the shooting, but a handful of deputies remain on the scene.

    The sheriff's office considers Kilgore armed and dangerous, and urges anyone with information about his whereabouts to call 911 immediately.

    Kilgore was last seen in his parents vehicle, a blue 2005 Chevy Trailblazer with license plate #B401EQ.

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