Manhunt continues for Carter Co. man

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VAN BUREN, MO (KFVS) - Carter County authorities are still searching for a man they say fired four gun shots into a trailer in Hunter.

Phillip Wayne Catlett, 36, is wanted by police after apparently firing four shots into a mobile home in Hunter on Thursday. He has not been seen since Friday morning at a gas station in Doniphan. Officials say that they came within minutes of catching the suspect but he got away.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has turned the investigation over to the Carter Co. Sheriff's Department.

Carter County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Danny Kearbey says this is one of the toughest searches for a wanted man he's ever seen.

"He's familiar with this area, he has family in this area, and there's a lot of people who know him," he said.

Kearbey says his department has checked with all of Catlett's family members without turning up any evidence that he has contacted them.

Kearbey also says the size of Carter County makes it hard to catch Catlett.

"Carter County has a rough terrain," he said.  "There's a lot of wooded area. There's Mark Twain National Forest that covers a lot of it. It's just a big area to cover."

Kearbey says leads are drying up, so they are patrolling the county looking for any sign of Catlett, and waiting for tip calls.

"Basically we're just looking for him and anyone who may come in contact with him or who may know any information about him," said deputy Steffanie Kearbey.

Catlett faces charges of armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

Deputies say Catlett is still considered armed and dangerous.

"I spoke with a couple of family members the other day responding to a call in regards to him and they told me they were afraid of him and they knew what he was capable of," said Steffanie Kearbey.

If you have any information, you are asked to call the Carter County Sheriff's Department at 573-323-4510.

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