5 in custody, 1 on the run after human trafficking stop in Clay County

5 in custody, 1 on the run after human trafficking stop in Clay County

CLAY COUNTY (KFDX/KJTL) — One suspect remains at large and five others are in custody after what Clay County officials are calling a human trafficking incident Monday afternoon.

According to a Facebook post from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy stopped a pickup truck traveling south on Highway 287 at Spur 510 on Monday, July 8, 2024, around 1:40 p.m. for a traffic violation.

Clay County officials said after further investigation, it appeared the stop was a human trafficking incident involving undocumented migrants.

The post states that when the other occupants of the van were arrested, the driver, a man and a woman fled on foot. The post states that officers quickly caught the woman, but the other two fled on foot.

Officers said the driver, a Hispanic male wearing a black shirt and blue jeans, fled into a heavily wooded area south of Route 287 near Fairview Road. The other suspect, a Hispanic male wearing a red and white shirt and blue jeans, fled north of Route 287 into a heavily wooded area near East Hapgood Road.

According to a new Facebook post published at 12:01 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, five of the six subjects have been taken into custody and the only person still at large is the driver of the van.

The post stated that an eyewitness statement taken at the Pecan Shed suggested that a person matching the description of the driver, the only subject wanted, had gotten into a vehicle in the parking lot and left the area.

Authorities said it appears the only suspect being sought is no longer in the Clay County area.

Authorities said the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office, TxDOT, Henrietta ISD Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Henrietta Fire Department, Clay County Constable’s Office and Clay County Emergency Management assisted in the search.

Citizens with information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Clay County Sheriff’s Office at (940) 538-5611.

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