A 911 call reporting a suspicious man at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, led to a foot pursuit by law enforcement and the lock-down of three schools in the area.
Clay County Deputy Jason Frazier found the suspect in the area of N. C.R. 425 W, but before he could question the suspect, the unidentified man ran away. A foot pursuit by Frazier led into a nearby wooded area near U.S. 40 where the suspect was lost.
Frazier told The Brazil Times a burglary had taken place in the area earlier but it is unsure whether the two incidents are connected. Officers from the Indiana State Police are investigating the site of the burglary.
A Clay Community Schools' bus driver reported seeing the individual crossing U.S. 40 heading south.
Upon notification of the incident, Superintendent William Schad ordered three schools, North Clay Middle School, Northview High School and Staunton Elementary locked down to ensure the safety of the students and staff at those facilities.
"It was purely a precautionary measure," he told The Brazil Times in a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon. "The facilities will stay on lock down until the matter is resolved or the students are let out at the end of the day."
While the precautionary measure was in place, all entrances into the three buildings were locked and staff members placed at the front entrances to check IDs and ask why people needed to visit the building.
Individuals who are recognized were allowed access to the buildings, all others were not allowed inside. This is the standard policy for a lock down, but each situation is judged individually, Schad said.
The individual remains at large as of press time but further details are unavailable.