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Published October 06, 2011, 06:28 PM

Local authorities to seek reimbursement for manhunt

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Local authorities will open a claim against the California company transporting Megna.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

Local authorities will open a claim against the California company transporting Megna. That company is bonded and insured for escapes like this. Local authorities have said all along they will seek money from the contractor to recoup costs spent on that massive manhunt. They've been in touch with Extradition Transport of America.

Authorities from seven agencies on the local, county, state, and federal levels are adding up all the costs; Over nearly 24 hours, 54 law officers searched for the suspect. Some had to be called in, others worked overtime. Since the search was in a field five miles northwest of Tower City, everyone had to drive to the scene, including farmers who helped capture the criminal. That means gas and mileage will be added into the cost. A search helicopter and plane flew in the skies for about 18 hours.

Paul Laney – Cass County Sheriff: “Hopefully this will be a wake up call for these companies that that you know if you're going to do this, if this is what your profession is then do your profession and we understand that mistakes can happen but what I've what I've heard and seen so far this was corrections 101.”

I reached out to the transport company to try to get more information on the escape, search, and claim. Here's what happened.

“Hi it's Travis with WDAY News out of Fargo, North Dakota, the ABC affiliate. Is there anyone I could talk to about the manhunt?” “No we have no comment, thank you.”

The agencies expect to have total costs tomorrow.

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