Lee County manhunt cancelled after several hours

LEESBURG —An intense Lee County manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies has been cancelled, officials say.

The hunt was launched around noon Wednesday after Stanley Hailstock, 54,fled on foot rather than receive warrants for his arrest. Lewis Harris, chief deputy with the Lee County Sheriff’s office, said the warrants _ two counts of felony burglary and two of misdemeanor probation violation _ originated in Dougherty County but the service attempt was in Lee County.

When Hailstock bolted, the hunt quickly focused on a wooded area near Cedric Street, Winding Way and the 1400 block of U.S. Highway 19 in Lee County, Harris said. Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved including the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Department of Corrections and even constables of the Lee County Magistrate Court.

But after an exhaustive effort by service dogs from the Lee County and Valdosta, as well as from a GSP search helicopter, the hunt was cancelled around 3:30 p.m., Harris said.

“After four hours everyone was exhausted,” Harris said. “The dogs worked hard, but the woods were really thick and we’d pretty much used all our resources.”

Harris said the search for Hailstock will continue. The suspect is described as a black male standing 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighing 185 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt with tan shorts. Anyone with information as to Hailstock’s whereabouts is asked to call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at (229) 759-6012.