Police Search For Murder Suspect In Manteno
Breaking News Update (04/21) – Mr Corey Gardner has turned himself in to the local sheriffs department last night. He has been charged with first degree murder. The search for him in Manteno included several dogs and even a helicopter but they were unable to find him. Thankfully Corey Gardner turned himself in. I’m sure residents of our quiet little town will sleep easier this weekend knowing that he is behind bars. I wanted to point out that Mr. Gardner is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. In my initial reporting (see below) I did not make that distinction.
Manteno Police had tried stopping Gardner’s vehicle and pursued him a few miles to the west of Manteno. Gardner was able to escape by turning off his headlights and driving through corn fields. Two others in the Durango were caught after crashing into a ditch. I’m still shocked that Gardner was able to elude our local law enforcement officers for so long, especially with all of the nearby agencies providing support.
Police have released the names of the two people who were in the vehicle with Gardner: Kimberly L. Nowlan-McCue (33) and Bruce Skalon (28), both from Kankakee County. After a quick search I found out that Bruce Skalon is a sex offender from Kankakee. He was charged with abducting a child and exposing himself. This is unrelated to the murder investigation but I thought that it was worth mentioning since they were both passengers who were in the Durango with Gardner when he fled police in Manteno. Gardner may be innocent until proven guilty but the company he keeps is a sure sign that something is wrong with him.
Breaking News Update (04/21) – On Friday morning police spotted Garder in a vehicle just west of Manteno on 2250 West Road. There were three passengers in the vehicle. After driving through corn fields to escape the police the vehicle eventually crashed into a ditch and they all fled on foot. Police were able to apprehend two of the men but Garder was able to get away. Read the full story below for more info.
Murder Suspect On The Loose In Manteno, Illinois
Law enforcement officers were scouring Manteno today in a search for a wanted murder suspect. The ongoing hunt is for Corey B. Gardner (27), who is wanted for the recent murder of Tawayne Sharp in Kankakee. Mr. Sharp was found shot to death in his vehicle on a road in Limestone township. The search was centered a little to the west of Manteno and many citizens are rightfully worried. Just knowing that a potential murder is roaming our neighborhood is enough to keep children inside with locked doors. Corey Gardener was spotted driving a 1999 Dodge Durango but he was apparently able to get away. Though it is unlikely that Mr. Gardener is still in Manteno I would suggest residents take a few safety precautions until this fugitive is caught.
I’m simply referring to making sure that your doors are locked and that you remain vigilant. Gardener should be considered armed and dangerous so if you see him do not approach him or try to follow him. Simply call the police right away and the Manteno police department will handle it. There are several other agencies involved in this man-hunt so I am sure that he will be apprehended in short order.
Mr Gardener may have friends in Manteno who may be helping him hide. Aiding a fugitive could land someone in jail so if you or anyone you know has any information about his location you should immediately contact the police.
I was unable to find a picture of the suspected murderer and the initial police reports do not specify the color of the Durango. I will update this post with additional details as soon as they become available.