1998 manhunt remains a thriller

1998 manhunt remains a thriller

Book delves into details of Cortez killing, search for 3 fugitives
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Police spotters on canyon ridges watched for fugitives Jason McVean, Alan Pilon and Robert Mason and provided sniper protection for manhunt teams searching the canyon floors in 1998. The fugitives vanished into the Colorado-Utah canyon country shortly after the May 29 murder of Cortez Police Officer Dale Claxton.
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This would have been the last view of Cross Canyon seen by fugitive Alan “Monte” Pilon from the point on Tin Cup Mesa where his body was found. Cross Canyon Road cuts through the center of the frame. The fugitives abandoned a flatbed truck just above the road toward the right side of the picture. Author Dan Schultz believes Robert Mason shot and killed Pilon shortly after they abandoned the truck May 29, 1998, because Pilon was unable to keep up with Mason’s pace in evading law enforcement in the canyon country. Jason McVean’s bones and equipment were found just outside the left of frame in 2007.
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Eric Bayles holds the rusted AK-47 that was discovered with Jason McVean’s bones in 2007 in Cross Canyon.
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Dead Run by Dan Schultz, St. Martin’s Press, 301 pages hardcover, $25.99.

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