Double murder suspect Kirby Wallace is on the loose and believed to be hiding out in Tennessee woods, authorities said on Thursday.
Wallace, 53, is accused of killing a 63-year-old woman who arrived home from church on Sept. 23, reported The Tennessean. Brenda Smith and her husband, Teddy, walked in on Wallace in their home, confirmed Stewart County Sheriff Frankie Gray in September. The couple was bound while Wallace set the house ablaze.
After Kirby left, Teddy Smith tried to save his wife’s life but to no avail.
Kirby then allegedly fatally shot a man on Oct. 1 before stealing his truck, which was later recovered.
Montgomery County Major Jim Durrett referred to Wallace as a “walking crime in progress” during a Thursday press conference. He also announced a $17,500 reward for his capture.
Authorities say Wallace is probably hiding out in a rural area north of Nashville — an area he’s familiar with. There are structures in the forested area where he could be hunkering down in.
A heavily manned command post, that includes Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson, has mapped out the rugged terrain for a detailed search.
One local resident expressed fear for the safety of her child.