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Authorities seek out apparent parole offender in Batesville yesterday

Officers from the Independence County Sheriff’s Department and the Batesville Police Department assisted parole and probation authorities in the hunt for an apparent parole violator that fled on-foot yesterday in the east section of Batesville.

Readers reported seeing officers searching around and inside various businesses in the Harrison Street area on Thursday. In a social media post shared by the sheriff’s department, the Batesville Daily Guard reported the man was described as a white male with red hair, a camo hoodie, and black pants. The post also featured a picture of Sheriff Shawn Stephens and BPD Sgt. Rick Davis searching on-foot behind Hobby Lobby.

Authorities told White River Now this morning that the offender was not found after the search.

If anyone has any information on this incident, and/or the whereabouts of the suspect, please contact the Independence County Sheriff’s Department or the Batesville Police Department and do not approach the subject.

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