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Cops seek help searching for the ‘Mountain Man’

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Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 1:34 pm | Updated: 3:34 pm, Tue Sep 18, 2012.

The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office is reaching out to people heading into the region’s wild lands

for hunting in the coming weeks as the search for a man suspected of more than a dozen cabin break-ins continues.

Troy Knapp, 44, was spotted in the Seven Mile/UM Creek area near Fishlake earlier this summer, said Sheriff Nate Curtis. Images of Knapp were captured on a game camera near UM Creek two weeks ago, Curtis said.

Law enforcement officers in Iron and Kane counties have been searching for Knapp for the last couple years as he is suspected of breaking into cabins in the Duck Creek area, Curtis said.

“Hunters are going to have the best chance to spot him,” Curtis said. He said deputies have been working in the backcountry to try and capture Knapp, who sometimes refers to himself as the “Mountain Man.”

Curtis said Knapp is a survivalist, who apparently lives in the backcountry by breaking into cabins and stealing food and supplies. He then creates hiding spots and caches in the forest to store the items he steals. He is also suspected of stealing firearms.

“In my opinion, that makes him dangerous,” Curtis said. He said it would be best if anyone who sees Knapp while hunting were to record a GPS coordinate and report it to the sheriff’s office.

“All they have to do is call and we’ll be rolling,” Curtis said.

Evidence found in the past several weeks places Knapp in Sevier, Piute and Beaver counties, Curtis said. Several cabin burglaries in these areas are similar to Knapp’s usual behavior, Curtis said.

“We are looking to capture him for the burglaries and firearm thefts he has committed over the years,” Curtis said. “Knapp tends to stay away from the public unless he is cornered.”

Curtis said Knapp is believed to have at least one rifle and one pistol with him.

“If any citizens happen to see Knapp or find one of his caches, please contact the local law enforcement immediately,” Curtis said. “Do not make contact with Knapp unless you have to.”

Knapp is 5’11”, approx-imately 150 pounds and has blue eyes and red hair, according to information re-leased by the Iron County Sheriff’s Office. He also has tattoos on his neck and one of his hands.

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