Manhunt Continues for Fugitive in Elk County

WANTED: Jamie DeSantis

ELK CO. – Authorities in Elk County continue to search for a fugitive.

Wanted is 29-year-old Jamie DeSantis, who allegedly fled from an Erie County halfway house.

Police say DeSantis was seen hitchhiking north of Ridgway on Thursday morning. That report resulted in several law enforcement agencies, including K-9 units and a State Police helicopter, searching for the fugitive for nearly 3 hours.

Despite the large manhunt, authorities were unsuccessful in capturing the fugitive.

Authorities say DeSantis has a long criminal history. In 2008 he was convicted of an Elk County burglary and sentenced to 2 years in prison as well as 3 years of probation.

Police believe DeSantis may still be in the Ridgway area, since he has ties to the local community.

While police do not believe DeSantis is dangerous, anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should call 911.k

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