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SEVIER SCALES BACK HUNT FOR ESCAPEE

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A murder suspect continued to elude Sevier County law enforcement officers Wednesday as the Sevier County Sheriff's Department began to scale back a massive manhunt involving more than 40 officers over the past two days.

A sheriff's dispatcher said Wednesday that efforts are now focusing on stakeouts of areas that Brett Allen Olsen, 23, might frequent.Olsen, a Salina resident, escaped from the Sevier County Jail about 9:45 p.m. Sunday after he was let out of his cell to make a telephone call and overpowered a guard.

County residents are still being cautioned to keep vehicles and residences locked and to be on the lookout for Olsen.

Sevier County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Bud Larsen said dogs were called in to assist in the search when police learned of a burglary of a convenience store between Richfield, where the jail is located, and Salina, Olsen's hometown.

Police believe Olsen may have used a telephone at the store to contact friends or relatives for assistance.

Officers combed a 10-mile stretch containing mostly farms, swamps and river bottoms after following tracks that led from the store, but they came up empty on Tuesday.

Olsen was scheduled to face an Oct. 23 preliminary hearing in 6th Circuit Court on charges stemming from the Sept. 7 stabbing death of William Paul Jensen in Salina.