For the third time in three days, Robert Finch Jr. was able to elude deputies of the Baxter County Sheriff's Department, the BCSO helicopter and the dog team from the North Central Unit of the Department of Correction. At around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, the man hunt was again called off as the search moved north out of Baxter County and into Missouri.
According to Captain Jeff Lewis of the Baxter County Sheriff's Department, Tuesday night around 9:30, they received a call from a resident located at 12949 Highway 201 North in Clarkridge saying someone she didn't know was pounding on the front and back door of her residence, but left when her dogs began to bark. At that time the sheriff department's helicopter, Baxter County deputies and the dog team from the North Central Unit of the Department of Correction once again started searching. After reaching the Missouri state line, the Ozark County Sheriff's Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol joined in the effort to locate Finch. After several hours and no sign of him, the search was called off around 1 a.m.
According to Captain Lewis, it is believed Finch is now in Missouri and may seek solace with connections he has in the Mountain Grove area.
Robert Finch Jr. is described as being 5 foot 7 inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds, with short brown hair. He is believed to be wearing jeans, a gray thermal shirt and boots. He is wanted on charges of felony kidnapping, felony aggravated residential burglary, felony battery, felony terroristic threatening and felony fleeing from an officer. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Baxter County Sheriff's Office at 425-7000.
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