NEVADA, Mo. -- The Vernon County Sheriff’s Department wants the public’s help with locating a man who eluded sheriff’s deputies. Michael Chew is suspected of breaking into a house off Highway K just outside of Nevada on Friday afternoon. Law enforcement officers conducted a three-hour manhunt for Chew on Friday night in the woods just off Highway E.
Someone kicked open the door and assaulted a 13-year-old boy before stealing items from the home. Sheriff’s deputies released a description of the vehicle (an older black pick-up with a grey stripe on the tail gate) shortly after responding to the call. A few hours later, they heard about a grass fire off Highway E in the Milo area where a pickup matching that description was found.
Deputies discovered the pickup on 2625 Road with some of the stolen items in the truck along with other items they believe may be related to other cases. They think Chew started the fire and ran into the woods when his truck failed to start.
The Vernon County sheriff called in off-duty deputies to help with the manhunt but called it off late into the night. Deputies then discovered on Saturday morning that a truck was stolen from a nearby home sometime during the manhunt.
On Tuesday, investigators received more information that Chew may be armed with a shotgun. Sheriff’s deputies ask the public to be on the lookout for Chew, who may be driving a stolen red 1989 Ford pickup.
Chew is wanted on multiple felony charges. He is 29 years old, 6-foot-3, approximately 190 pounds with brown hair and a goatee. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Chew is asked to contact the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department at (417) 667-6042