By JESSIE HORTON
The small community of San Saba is in shock this morning as word spread with the sunrise that one of their own was killed, and while they slept, the suspect eluded authorities.
Now Lampasas and San Saba County Sheriff’s Deputies are working alongside the Texas Rangers, San Saba PD, Texas game wardens and Texas DPS, who’ve also asked for search dogs from the prison in Gatesville to track down the suspect, who fled on foot from a felony traffic stop.
According to Texas DPS Senior Trooper Harpin Meyers, the search area includes approximately five square miles in both San Saba and Lampasas Counties along the Colorado River bridge on US Highway 190.
“We’re searching barns, sheds, secluded areas out in the brush,” he said Thursday morning. “We’re asking that residents be aware of their surroundings and if they see anything suspicious, call 9-1-1 as this suspect is considered dangerous.”
According to San Saba Police, officers found a female body on the ground along S. Water Street in San Saba. Officers have not released any information about the woman, or why they believe the suspect has any information on the incident.
However, law enforcement officials did say they tried to stop a driver near the county line at approximately 9:40 p.m. Wednesday evening. According to San Saba Police, an officer was on her way to the location of the victim when she observed the suspect’s vehicle and attempted a felony traffic stop. While the suspect appeared to be cooperating, as the officer approached his vehicle, the suspect got out and fled on foot.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, however, not much else was released on him. San Saba Police said they chased the suspect for a long time, but were not able to catch him. Officials said this morning that they have discovered evidence that the suspect took a white Ford Expedition and further escaped law enforcement.
According to Trooper Meyers, they found evidence that the suspect crossed the county line, which was when the other agencies joined San Saba Police in the search. He added, at about 6:40 a.m. officers discovered the Expedition, but not the suspect. Meyers said they believe the man is again on foot in the brush around the area.
The Flash is following this story closely and will provide more details as they become available.