Michael Vance search: Man wanted for shooting two officers, killing two relatives still at large

Posted at 8:56 AM, Oct 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-27 10:04:40-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The search for an Oklahoma man wanted in a string of killings, shootings and carjackings is entering its fourth day, and authorities say they have no idea where he is.

Michael Dale Vance Jr. is wanted on multiple charges, including two counts of first-degree murder for the near-decapitations of two relatives in the town of Luther that Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel described as "rage killings."

Oklahoma County Deputy Michael Belanger wrote in an affidavit that Ronald Wilkson, 55, was shot once and suffered knife wounds "consistent with an attempt to sever his head." The affidavit says Valerie Wilkson, 54, had similar knife wounds to her neck as well as several defensive wounds on her arms.

Luther Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sheldon Buxton canceled classes Oct. 28 due to Vance still being at large. The Wilkson's funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. that same day. Luther's home football game against Meeker will be played as scheduled.

The 38-year-old Vance was last seen early Monday about 30 miles from the Texas border in western Oklahoma. Whetsel says Vance could be anywhere from California to Florida.

Whetsel says it's also possible that Vance has died if he hasn't received medical treatment for a gunshot wound he suffered Sunday during a shootout with police in Wellston, 35 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

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