Missouri man who fled from Arkansas State Police remains elusive

Thaddeus Ray Carroll (Arkansas State Police)
Thaddeus Ray Carroll (Arkansas State Police)

TEXARKANA, Ark. -- A man who fled into the woods after a traffic stop in late January remains on the run.

Arkansas State Police Capt. Brady Gore, of Troop G, said Wednesday that authorities are "leaving all options open" as they continue the search for Thaddeus Ray Carroll, 50.

Carroll was last seen Jan. 28 near County Road 1540 and U.S. Highway 67, near Fulton, Arkansas, after an ASP trooper stopped a vehicle for an undisclosed traffic violation on the highway.

The driver, Gerald Austin Carroll, was taken into custody, the ASP said in an earlier news release.

"A rear passenger, identified as Thaddeus Ray Carroll, 50, moved into the driver's seat and fled the scene with a female passenger, Melanie H. Bormann, 50," the release states.

The Carrolls and Bormann are residents of Missouri, Gore said.

Carroll allegedly pointed a firearm at a trooper during the pursuit, which ended after one ASP trooper deployed spike strips and another performed a tactical vehicle maneuver to stop Carroll's vehicle.

Carroll and Bormann allegedly then exited the vehicle and ran into a nearby wooded area.

Bormann was arrested without incident about two hours later, but Carroll has not been located.

"We've searched the area several times," Gore said, adding the densely wooded area includes portions of Bois d'Arc Wildlife Management Area.

Gore said authorities also are considering whether the cold weather could have affected Carroll in some way.

"We don't know if he was able to get out of that area or what," he said.

According to Hempstead County Sheriff's Office, Bormann faces charges of possession of controlled substance; aggravated assault; fleeing; possession of drug paraphernalia; simultaneous possession of drugs and firearm; and possession of firearm by certain persons. She remained jailed as of Wednesday afternoon.

Information on Austin Carroll's arrest was not immediately available.

Anyone who sees Carroll or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call ASP Troop G at 870-777-4641 or a local law enforcement agency.

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