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Manhunt for Richard Lawless Continues

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More than 50 law enforcement agencies are involved in the search for 48-year-old Richard Lawless.

Chief Deputy Carl Richert of the Ashland County Sheriff's Office says they've worked all tips and leads, and so far, have come up dry.

The search, now on its 36th day began when police located and questioned lawless in connection with drug trafficking activity he's believed to be involved in. Lawless managed to evade officers and they've been searching for him ever since.

Richert says all was quiet until Monday night around 6:30, when a 9-1-1 caller said Lawless was at her house on Congress Street in Polk, Ohio, and that he had assaulted a man who lived at the home.

Area law enforcement immediately began searching for Lawless, setting up perimeters around the area and following leads as the night led on.

Officials have retracted their earlier statement that he may be traveling in a silver, 4-door Nissan with license plate GNC-3799.

Lawless was last seen wearing head-to-toe camouflage, carrying a Glock .45 and is believed to be extremely dangerous.

Anyone with information regarding Richlard Lawless's whereabouts is asked to contact the Ashland County Sheriff's Office at 419-289-3911

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