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July 22, 2017

VANCE NOT IN CUSTODY … POSSIBLY NOT GONE FROM OUR AREA


VANCE POSSIBLY HEADED BACK TO THE AREA. AFTER BEING SPOTTED IN SAYRE AT 2:30 AM, AUTHORITIES HAVE JUST RELEASED THAT HE WAS SEEN DRIVING EASTBOUND ON I-40 IN THE WHITSON’S MITSUBISHI. BE AWARE. AND CALL 911 WITH ANY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY. OBVIOUSLY, WE KNOW VANCE IS ARMED AND VERY DANGEROUS. 

LATE WORD FROM LUTHER POLICE CHIEF MARCUS THURMAN:
“JUST IN, THEY BELIEVE VANCE IS HEADED BACK TO THE LUTHER AND WELLSTON AREA, WE HAVE ADDED ADDITIONAL OFFICERS TO OUR STREETS IN HOPES OF KEEPING LUTHER SAFE. STAY WITH LUTHER PD WE WILL KEEP YOU ADVISED,” said Thurman.

 
vanceOKLAHOMA COUNTY SHERIFF
Sheriff John Whetsel identified victims from Sunday evening’s double homicide at a residence in Luther near Triple X Road and NE 206th as Ronald Wilkson, 55, and Valerie Kay Wilkson, 54, his wife.

The victims were discovered around 9:00 pm. The suspect, Michael Dale Vance, 38, fled the scene driving the victim’s 2006 grey Mitsubishi Eclipse, Oklahoma license plate 946-LQQ.

Vance is also the suspect in the shooting of two Wellston Police Officers in Lincoln County and stealing a Wellston Police Truck, as well as shooting a woman on her porch prior to a carjacking.

Vance is also a suspect in an attempted carjacking in Sayre, Oklahoma, which was thwarted when the owner resisted, with video confirmation of Vance at the scene, according to authorities.. Vance was last seen eastbound from Sayre on I-40 in the stolen Mitsubishi (at 2:30 am).

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Picture of what a 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse looks like. Vance was last seen driving a stolen one eastbound on I-40 from Beckham County (at 2:30 am).

Vance may have returned to the Oklahoma City or Lincoln County area and others may be in danger. Vance may be looking to carjack or steal another vehicle. 

Vance is armed, has shown he will use his weapon on law enforcement officers and civilians, and is extremely dangerous.

If you see him, do not approach, call 911.

  • Other notes:
  • Luther Superintendent Sheldon Buxton’s statement regarding safety at Luther Public Schools today:
    • “We were on partial lockdown today. Ironically, the plans we are working on now for Luther would identify the exact protocol that would be utilized in this scenario. I believe that the biggest issue with safety is a concise and useable communication plan between the police, fire, and school.  This is what I am pushing toward with our safety plan this year,” said Dr. Buxton
  • Sheriff Whetsel was among the many officers on the scene in Luther last night during the manhunt and then at the scene of the Whitson’s home.
  • Luther Police Chief Marcus Thurman: “VANCE is armed with an AK-47 and possibly a .22 rifle. It has been reported that VANCE is HIV positive, and he may try to spread the disease to others.”

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