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Citizen Tip Leads to Arrest by Indiana Conservation Officers after Manhunt in Hoosier National Forest

Last updated on Saturday, May 5, 2018

(PERRY CO.) - Indiana Conservation Officers arrested 54-year-old Mark Cates, DeMotte, on charges of resisting law enforcement, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and disturbing federal found in search of artifacts.

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Just after 2:30 p.m. Friday, Indiana Conservation Officers Zac Howerton and Lucas Patterson were on patrol in the Hoosier National Forest along State Road 37 near Leopold, when they encountered Cates and a female companion, who are suspected to have been illegally digging for artifacts on federal property.

As the officers escorted the couple from the woods, Cates fled on foot back into the woods. Multiple agencies responded, including the Perry County Sheriff's Department, Tell City Police, Perry County EMA, and Hoosier National Forest Law Enforcement Rangers, and a lengthy search ensued.

During the search, a citizen alerted officers of a suspicious male in a driveway near a residence. Shortly afterward, Indiana Conservation Officer Lt. Phil Schuetter was able to take Cates, who was found to have multiple outstanding felony arrest warrants, into custody without incident.

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