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Missouri State Highway Patrol Requests Assistance Locating Fugitive

     Captain James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, informs the public that officers are seeking a fugitive who fled on foot from the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Northeast Sullivan County.

     On July 24, 2018, a trooper attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Troy L. Franklin, 34, of Milan, MO. The trooper knew Franklin had an active parole warrant.  Franklin fled in Adair County and the pursuit traveled into Sullivan County.  Two passengers exited Franklin’s vehicle and were last seen in the area of Mayfair Road near Missouri Highway D in Sullivan County.  Franklin continued to flee in the vehicle.  During attempts to apprehend Franklin, a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper fired shots at him. 

     Franklin abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot in the area of Ironbank Drive near Ivywood Drive.  He was last seen on July 25, 2018, fleeing into a wooded area on Missouri Route D between Mayfair Road and Maryland Road in Northeast Sullivan County.  Franklin was last seen wearing blue jeans and no shirt with fresh scratches on his exposed skin.  He is described as being approximately six feet tall, weighing 175 pounds, with short dark hair.  Franklin should be considered armed and dangerous.  Captain Wilt encourages the public to avoid contact with Franklin or anyone they believe is suspicious.   

     The Missouri State Highway Patrol has been assisted by the Missouri Department of Conservation, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Adair County Sheriff’s Office, and Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Aircraft Division, the Shelbina Police Department’s canine unit, and the Brookfield Police Department’s canine unit also responded.    

     Anyone with information regarding Franklin’s or the occupants’ locations is encouraged to contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol or the nearest law enforcement agency.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol can be contacted by calling 660-385-2132 or *55 on a cellular phone.