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Search for Berrien Co. murder suspect continues

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BERRIEN COUNTY, GA (WALB) –The search continues for a Berrien County murder suspect who cut off his ankle monitor and escaped.

We continue to try to get a comment from the company that was monitoring that suspect while he was on house arrest.

The sheriff says that company knew John Woods was tampering with his ankle monitor but they waited to notify anyone until he was long gone.

This is the ankle monitor Sheriff Anthony Heath believes murder suspect John Woods removed with a cutting torch.

He says around 12 a.m. Wednesday the device sent out a signal alerting Watchdog company that Woods was tampering with it.

"The person monitoring it looked at it and told us that there were two people with the same last name and just decided on his own that it wasn't important enough to give us a call," said Berrien County Sheriff Anthony Heath.

The sheriff says that worker is Wesley Walker who was recently replaced as the police chief in Homerville. WALB has been trying reach Watchdog.

The sheriff says Woods' mother told the monitoring company Thursday he was gone. The last time she saw him was last Tuesday.

"If you're living in the same three bedroom house and you don't notice your son is gone for two days that creates red flags for us," said Heath.

Most of Thursday afternoon and night Berrien County the GBI, state K-9s and a GSP helicopter searched for Woods. He's accused of shooting and killing Travis Sauls at his Ray City home then burying his body in Madison County, Florida in October 2009.

He was later released on bond and put on house arrest.

Friday investigators found that ankle monitor inside the bedroom of his home on Eddye Lane.

One neighbor told us it's scary Woods is still on the run and that a murder suspect spent the last year living at home right down the street from her.

"He snapped one time and who's to say he won't snap again," said Neighbor Dana Weeks.

Berrien County investigators consider John Woods dangerous. If you've seen him, they want you to call them.

District attorney Cathy Helms says when she learned John Woods ran, she immediately obtained an emergency order revoking his bond so officers can arrest and hold him once he's located.


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