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Lawrence officers assist in manhunt

Nov. 29, 2012 @ 11:40 PM

CROWN CITY, Ohio -- Several members of the Lawrence County sheriff's office participated in a manhunt for several hours Thursday for a man wanted in connection with the slaying of his father in Meigs County earlier this month.

"We were asked to assist the Gallia County sheriff's office," said Det. Aaron Bollinger of the Lawrence County sheriff's office. "We had five or six officers up there. We were about six to eight miles inside Gallia County."

The officers were looking for James E. Gardner, who reportedly was staying at a trailer in the Crown City area near the Gallia County and Lawrence County lines. Gardner is charged with the murder of his father with a baseball bat earlier this month, Bollinger said.

A man staying in the trailer fled on foot into nearby woods when a deputy approached the trailer, Bollinger said.

"We had our K-9 unit up there, too," Bollinger said.

The search was called off by Gallia Count authorities Thursday afternoon, he said.

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