|Police: Ellis may be hiding out in Loudon Co. woods
The Loudon County Sheriff's Department is warning south Loudon County residents to be on the lookout for a man wanted in three states for kidnapping, bank robbery, and a home invasion. Authorities believe Christopher Ellis may be hiding out in some nearby woods.
On Friday, police found the stolen truck that Ellis was last seen driving. The 1978 Chevrolet Scottsdale pickup truck was discovered off Bat Creek Road near the Loudon-Monroe County Line on Friday morning. That's a rural area, not far from Tellico Village.
Loudon County deputies and FBI agents have been scouring the area, looking for any sign of Ellis.
Authorities said Ellis kidnapped an Atlanta man last weekend and forced him to drive to Loudon County. Then he broke into a Loudon County couple's home and stole weapons and a pickup truck.
None of his victims have been injured, but Ellis is considered armed and dangerous.
"This individual known to be a survivor in woods for days at a time. If that's the case, we're still going to be suspecting that. Hopefully, anyone who has a sighting, we're asking them to call in, and we'll respond," Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider said.
Sheriff Guider asked that people in that area be extra vigilant for anything out of the ordinary. He said to call the police immediately if you see anything suspicious.
If you've seen him, the FBI asks that you call them at (865) 544-0751. The line is answered 24 hours a day.
You can also call Loudon County authorities at (865) 986-4823.
Truck found; home-invasion, kidnapping suspect still