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Tift manhunt continues

July 14, 2005

Tift County--- People in western Tift County are urged to be on the lookout for a man running from officers all day. He was originally pulled over for having a broken tail light. That's when he fled on foot, and the female passenger in his SUV sped off.

Officers later found out that the man is wanted for child molestation.

A state patrol helicopter equipped with heat-sensing infared equipment, Bloodhounds from Lowndes County, and law enforcers from several South Georgia agencies scoured the area around Carpenter Road looking for any sign of Jimmy Lee Hampton.

It all started this morning between 8:30 and 9:00, when state troopers pulled over Hampton for a broken tail light on his older model two-door blue Ford Explorer with a Virginia state drive out tag.

While the trooper was running his tag, Hampton ran into a wooded area. When the trooper began to chase him, a black female passenger, believed to be Hampton's wife, drove off in the SUV.

Law enforcers say they are anxious to find Hampton because he has warrants in at least two counties. Police in Adel issued a warrant for his arrest in May of 2003 for probation violation, and in November of 2003 Turner County took out two warrants on Hampton for family violence child molestation.

Now, officials are urging people who work or live in the Carpenter Road area to be extra cautious, keep their doors locked, lock their vehicles, and if they see anybody, call 911 immediately.

He may be looking for a way to get out of here instead of just on foot. There have been rumors that Hampton's wife may have switched vehicles and gone back to the area to pick him up, still officials say they aren't going to give up until he is in custody.

Hampton was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, light blue jogging pants, and a pair of flip flops. If you see any sign of him you are urged to call 911.

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