Manhunt continues for suspect in Fatal Crash

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VILLA RIDGE, MO. (KTVI) - The manhunt continued Sunday for Joshua McFerrin, 36, of Villa Ridge, after police said he ran off following a deadly accident that killed two people in his car.

McFerrin was at fault in the accident and is wanted on a host of charges, police said.
Police gave this account:  McFerrin was driving a black Dodge Stratus when he turned left in front of a white Ford Fusion at Highway 100 and Highway  M   around 7:00 pm Saturday night; McFerrin failed to yield;  the Fusion hit the side of McFerrin`s car;  his two back seat passengers died.

“We suspect he (McFerrin) was consuming alcohol.  We have strong reason to believe there was alcohol involved on his part.  He's wanted for leaving the scene of a crash.  He's wanted for resisting by flight.  There's a lot of things we're going to seek charges on,” said Sgt. Al Nothum of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Police identified the deceased victims as Mitchell Mantels, 56, and Tarlton Stephens, 46, both of Villa Ridge.  The front seat passenger, Shanna Wilken, was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital in serious condition.

The two people in the other car suffered minor injuries.

Nothum said McFerrin went by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington but ran off after paramedics took him in for treatment.

“He was only in there for a short period of time.  Then he bolted out the ER door and then headed for the Missouri River,” Nothum said.

Police searched the wooded area near the river using helicopters and officers
on the ground late Saturday night but did not find McFerrin.

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