MARION, N.C. – The Latest on the capture of a fugitive in western North Carolina (all times local):
Authorities are holding out hope that a missing 68-year-old man is alive after a suspect who ran from law officers for six days was found driving the missing man’s truck in western North Carolina.
Henderson County Sheriff Charles McDonald says investigators are trying to retrace 39-year-old Phillip Michael Stroupe II’s steps to figure out what might have happened to Thomas Bryson of Mills River. They say time is of the essence.
Authorities say Stroupe was driving Bryson’s truck when he was arrested about 1:30 a.m. Thursday following a chase on U.S. Highway 70, west of Marion in the Pisgah National Forest.
McDonald says a surveillance camera captured Bryson driving his truck from his home around 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, but he hasn’t been seen since.
Stroupe faces drug, weapons and fleeing police charges.
A man who eluded law enforcement officers for six days faces a number of charges after his arrest in a national forest in western North Carolina.