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Deputies Leave Clay Neighborhood after Overnight Search for Kilgore

12:21 PM, Oct 15, 2010   |    comments
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MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- The Clay County Sheriff's Office hustled a jump team just after midnight to the western part of Jennings State Forest in response to a possible sighting of double murder suspect Christopher Scott Kilgore.

Shortly before 6 a.m., sheriff deputies pulled out.

The search focused on an area of Long Branch Cemetery Road, which is just northeast of where county roads 217 and 218 intersect.  A man called the sheriff's office just before 10 p.m. Thursday to report a man on his property.

The area is also a few miles northeast of Clay Hill Elementary School, which has been on lockdown at various times this week due to the intense manhunt.

Today, a statement from the CCSO said deputies would be "highly visible to the community" in western Middleburg and Maxville, and posted at nearby schools.

The Division of Forestry will keep Jennings State Forest closed to the public through the weekend as a precaution, police said.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office have set up roadblocks in the area to limit access and are escorting residents to their homes.

Kilgore is wanted for killing his brother and another man, and for critically wounding his mother and father in a shooting at their home on Wooduck Road in Middleburg early Monday morning.

The search for Kilgore has taken a number of twists and turns this week.

Authorities linked Kilgore to a robbery at a Kangaroo station on Normandy Boulevard near CR 217 Tuesday night.

Early Wednesday morning, police found Kilgore's getaway SUV in the driveway of a home on Normandy Boulevard, just west of the Kangaroo station. 

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said a homeowner had an armed confrontation with a man believed to be Kilgore who ultimately took off into the woods.

The incident led to a massive perimeter set up on the northwestern edge of Jennings State Forest.  Authorities cautioned parents to drive their kids to school Thursday morning or call police for a ride.  Schools in the area reported a drop in attendance.

The search for Kilgore then stretched into Baker County Thursday afternoon when a man told authorities he spotted Kilgore along CR 228 near Macclenny and that Kilgore had broken into his home.  The report proved to be false.  The Baker County Sheriff's Office arrested 28-year-old Adam Chadwick.  Chadwick is due in court on Friday.

The new search area is down the road from Long Branch Cemetery where murder victim James Coody Jr. will be laid to rest after funeral services Friday morning.

Call 911 if you see Kilgore.  Authorities consider him armed and dangerous.

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