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The authorities continued searching this Monday for the fugitive murderer Danelo Cavalcante, who has eluded capture since escaping from a southeastern Pennsylvania prison a week and a half ago.
During the weekend, Cavalcante escaped from the search area, changed his appearance, stole a delivery van and tried to contact acquaintances. This was reported to the media by Pennsylvania State Police Lieutenant Colonel George Bivens at a press conference this Monday.
The 34-year-old fugitive was spotted at Longwood Gardens, a botanical park, in a heavily wooded area south of the jail, after he escaped from the Chester County Jail in Pocopson Township on Aug. 31.
But now believed to be near the township of East Nantmealabout 45 minutes away, where a stolen pickup truck was found Sunday, authorities said.
“We don’t have a defined search area at this time,” he said.
Bivens did not go into detail about what this new effort would entail, but he did say that there is “a wide range of technology that is being used” as the search continues.
When asked if Cavalcante’s sister, who has been arrested and faces deportation, had provided Cavalcante with any assistance in his escape, Bivens said no.
“She decided not to help,” he said.
He also warned anyone considering helping Cavalcante that they would be prosecuted if they helped him escape.
However, Bivens said he is concerned that the fugitive killer may obtain, or has already obtained, a new vehicle.
“We remain concerned that Cavalcante will obtain another vehicle to facilitate his escape,” Bivens said.
Still, Bivens said Monday afternoon that He believes Cavalcante remains in the area because he needs resources and has friends and family still in the area.
“I don’t think I have the resources to leave Pennsylvania,” he said.
In fact, Bivens said he believes Cavalcante still remains somewhere in Chester County.
Bivens also announced that The reward for information leading to Cavalcante’s capture has been increased to $25,000.
“Alternatively, I would suggest that you are in a position to facilitate the safe capture of Cavalcante. “If you decide to help us, you could be eligible to receive part or all of the reward,” she stated.
Since his escape, Cavalcante appears to have changed his appearance during the time he was on the run, authorities said, and was last seen shaved and wearing a yellow or green hoodie, a black baseball-style cap, green prison pants, and white shoes.
The convicted killer has led police on a week-and-a-half manhunt as law enforcement officials have been unable to catch him, despite multiple sightings in the area.
In broad daylight on August 31, Cavalcante stretched his 5-foot, 120-pound body through brick and cinder block walls to push himself up to the roof before escaping to freedom.
The method Cavalcante used to escape from prison had been used by another inmate at the same facility, Igor Bolte, who escaped briefly in May but was captured within minutes.
Barbed wire was installed on the roof, but that did not deter Cavalcante, whose escape resulted in the shooting of a guard working in the tower that day, authorities said.
cavalcante He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole last monthafter being convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend Deborah Brandão, 33, in Chester County. Authorities said Cavalcante stabbed Brandão 38 times in front of her two children, who are now in the care of her sister.
The man is also wanted in a 2017 homicide case in his native Brazil, a U.S. Marshals Service official said.