(Cedar City, UT) - Inter-agency law enforcement officers wrapped a search initiated by a sighting of suspected Mountain Man Troy James Knapp charged with burglarizing cabins across four counties.
Iron County Sheriff Mark Gower said the search began at about 11:00AM when a Cedar City resident called to report a man was seen in camouflage and carrying a rifle in the hills above the water tower at 820 South and 400 East.
The suspect, who police said earlier this week is believe to be Knapp, has been connected to burglaries and vandalism to cabins in Iron, Kane, Garfield and Washington counties.
Gower said this is the second sighting reported in the Cedar City area. Officers spent the day searching a 10-mile radius for tracks that could indicate the suspect’s movements.
“We’re not sure it’s the individual we’re looking for, but the description of the clothes and the physical features match,” he said.
Police described Knapp as a Caucasian male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall with hazel eyes and auburn hair, weighing around 150 pound. He is 44 years old with tattoos on his chest, left arm, right arm and back of his left hand.
While Saturday's search on foot and by helicopter turned up no tracks and most of the officers had been sent back their respective duties, Gower said a team using flares and infrared would be conducting a sweep after sundown “to see what would show up in the dark.”
The search was conducted with extreme caution, with the majority of the officers involved operating armed and wearing camouflage and bullet-resistant gear.
“We consider him to be very dangerous,” Gower said. “Our plan (if we encounter him) is to try to tactically bring it to a safe conclusion.”
Officers from the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, Cedar City police, SUU police, St. George police and more assisted in the search.
“There has been a lot of good inter-agency cooperation,” Gower said.
Anyone with information on Knap is asked to call the Iron Sheriff's Office at (435) 867-7550, or 911 if it is an emergency.