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Article published August 25, 2013
Manhunt continues for wanted felon
CHERRY TWP — State and federal law enforcement authorities continue their manhunt for a felon after he narrowly eluded capture Friday near the Moniteau High School in northern Butler County. State police believe 45-year-old Kevin L. McFadden of Emlenton may have stolen a car near the school to aid his escape. His getaway followed a more than seven-hour search near the school on Route 308. Police used the Moniteau complex as a staging area for the search between 1:30 and 9 p.m. Numerous troopers participated in the operation that employed tracking dogs and a police helicopter. “The National Crime and Information Center lists him as armed and dangerous,” police Lt. Eric Hermick said this morning. He is wanted on a probation violation. McFadden has a history of violent crimes including those against police. Agents for the U.S. Marshal’s Service reportedly spotted McFadden driving a Chevrolet Suburban sometime Friday near a strip mine in Slippery Rock Township. They gave chase but at some point lost him. State police in Butler were notified and assisted in the search. Later, troopers about 3:30 p.m. found the Suburban in a field along Pleasant Valley Road near Moniteau High School. Police suspect that he stole a blue, 1996 Volvo 850 Series model from the area. McFadden is described as white, between 5 feet, 9 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches tall, and heavy set, possibly weighing 280 pounds or more. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 724-284-8100, or 911.