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LEADS DON’T PAN OUT IN KILLING OF SHERIFF; 2 REMAIN AT LARGE

SHARE LEADS DON’T PAN OUT IN KILLING OF SHERIFF; 2 REMAIN AT LARGE

Law enforcement officers have checked out possible sightings of the suspected killers of Hinsdale County Sheriff Roger Coursey from Utah to Nebraska, but the couple remains on the loose.

Thursday afternoon, Moffat County Sheriff Jeff Corriveau scrambled units from his office, Rio Blanco County, the Division of Wildlife, the town of Dinosaur, the Colorado and Utah highway patrols, and Uintah County, Utah, to check out a report two people matching the suspected killers' descriptions were seen near Dinosaur.The two hitchhikers, a man and a woman who were traveling separately, were cleared.

Corriveau said it took three hours, but it was worth the effort.

"There's hundreds of thousands of citizens out there. They are our eyes and ears. We expect sightings to go up once they (the suspected killers) are shown Saturday" on television's `America's Most Wanted' show."

Earlier this week, units surrounded a farm 13 miles northeast of Byers, a rural community on the eastern plains, and rousted three people.

A string of burglaries, similar to those Coursey's killers are accused of, were reported in the area. All three were quickly released when it was determined they weren't involved.

Last week, a report the couple was headed into Meeker mobilized units and snowplows to keep them out. It, too, turned out to be false.

Gunnison County Sheriff Rick Murdie, who led the manhunt for Mark Allen Vredenburg, 31, and his companion, Ruth Slater, 38, after they allegedly gunned down Coursey on Nov. 18, said investigators are still trying to learn how the suspects escaped the Lake City area.

"These people plain fell off the face of the earth," Murdie said. But he, too, hopes the television show will help track them down.

District Attorney Mike Stern has said he will seek the death penalty in the case.