'Disaster' terrain makes Kirby Wallace search difficult for investigators
Montgomery and Stewart Counties remain paralyzed while law enforcement searches for accused murderer Kirby Wallace. For six days, Wallace has eluded capture in the woods and dense thickets that blanket most of the counties.
"The land that we're having to search in, it's a disaster," said Luke Williams, who works for a private security company and is tasked with watching more than a hundred acres just outside law enforcement's search perimeter. "This is all thistle, all thorns."
Williams is protecting more than 30 cabins or buildings that serve as potential hiding spots for Wallace. In addition, there are above and below ground hunting blinds that are perilous to clear for law enforcement.
The biggest hurdles for police are thick weeds and thistle, creek beds grown over, under ground deer blinds as well as swampy lowlands that make movement very slow. Sheriff Fuson admitted that the terrain is one of the biggest impediments to capturing Wallace.
"If this guy can get ahead of authorities and set himself up, you can see how easy it is to walk through here and miss something," Williams said. He demonstrated just how easily someone can lay out of view. "All it takes is a ten foot gap for when officers come through to not see this."
Last time police knew where Wallace was, he dumped a car at a trail head and snaked down a creek bed to elude capture. That creek bed leads to a large body of water that he could potentially use to swim outside the church perimeter. Williams has 10 men securing the property he's in charge of overseeing. Some of them sit up in trees with sniper rifles.
Montgomery and Stewart Counties are a hunter's paradise, but unfortunately, its forest and rural terrain is the perfect spot for someone hoping to fall off the map.
Police say anyone who spots Wallace should get to safety and call 911 immediately.