Exeter police on manhunt

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Search ongoing for man who stabbed dog

Local police and Barry County sheriff's deputies are still searching for a man who allegedly attempted to break into an Exeter home and when denied entry, cut the throat of a dog on the property.

According to a press release from Exeter Police Chief Kenen Martinez, at about 7:39 p.m. on Nov. 30, police received a call of a fight in progress inside the city limits. The suspect allegedly attempted to gain entry into an elderly woman's home to look for and assault a man. When denied entry and a ride home, he allegedly slit the throat of the woman's dog and left the area, according to police.

After hearing of the incident, the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Department of Conservation, Seligman Police Department and Wheaton Police Department requested to assist in finding the suspect.

Following a tip, law enforcement responded to another home in Exeter and arrested Lance Curran, 33, of Exeter, on an alleged unrelated probation violation. However, Curran was eliminated as a suspect in the earlier case.

Two days later, on Dec. 2, police were notified of a burglary in progress in Exeter. Kip Church, 31, of Exeter was located allegedly attempting to break into a recreational vehicle.

Church was a person of interest in the Nov. 30 case, as he was the alleged target of the suspect who attacked the dog.

Now, police are still searching for a man in the Exeter area about 5-7 and 140 pounds.

He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a 1940s or 1950s military-style coat. He also has a beard and choppy, brown, wavy hair.

The suspect is wanted by Exeter Police for first-degree burglary and animal abuse.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Exeter police at 417-835-2823, or Barry County dispatch at 417-847-3121.

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