Police still hunting for fugitive

Posted June 05, 2011, at 11:23 p.m.

ST. ALBANS, Maine — Over the weekend, police were still searching for for a Dexter man who took off Friday when police attempted to serve a felony warrant on him.

Police chased Henry Murdoch IV, 45, from Dexter to St. Albans but lost track of him late Friday afternoon. As of Sunday, police were still looking for the man.

The arrest warrant for Murdoch was issued because his bail had been revoked on arson and terrorizing charges that stemmed from a fire that destroyed his Dexter home in December. The town was preparing to take the property for nonpayment of taxes when the fire occurred.

A family member who had posted Murdoch’s bail took the money back a week ago, according to Dexter Police Chief Jim Emerson.

Emerson said he and police Officer Kevin Wintle were tipped off that Murdoch was at a Dexter home Friday morning, so they went to serve the arrest warrant. When police arrived, Murdoch took off and a high-speed chase ensued.

Murdoch eventually ditched his pickup truck on remote Devil’s Head Road in St. Albans, an area police say is familiar to the man because he used to own property there. The Maine State Police Tactical Team, game wardens and the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department converged on the scene but could not find Murdoch Friday.

Police tracking dogs failed to pick up his scent and numerous camps and cabins were searched to no avail.

“Now we’re waiting for help from the public,” Maine State Police Lt. Donald Pomelow said.

Murdoch is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs about 135 pounds, has a full beard and last was seen wearing a bluish-green flannel shirt. Anyone who observes him is asked to call 911 or the Maine State Police at  800-452-4664.

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