Manhunt — the word conjures up images of an escaped convict dragging chains through a darkened forest as the sound of barking dogs grows closer.
But law enforcement officials say that a real manhunt is more like a checklist used to methodically flush out dangerous criminals on the run.
“It’s no different than going to your favorite fishing hole or hunting spot,” said Brian Withrow, associate professor of criminal justice at Texas State University and a former Texas police administrator. “It’s a systematic process that involves going to the places where they are likely to go. Old homes, old hideouts, old associates. That’s generally how it works.”
Federal and local agents are scouring parts of rural Mississippi and Arkansas for Adam Mayes, a 35-year-old man wanted in connection with the killings of neighbor Jo Ann Bain and her teenage daughter Adrienne. Their bodies were discovered at Mayes’ home in Guntown, Miss., several days ago. On Tuesday, Mayes’ mother and ex-wife were arrested in connection with the crime.