5 in custody, 1 at large after human trafficking stop in Clay County

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

According to a Facebook post by the Clay County Sheriff's Office, a deputy stopped a van traveling south on Highway 287 at Spur 510 on Monday, July 8, 2024, at about 1:40 p.m. for a traffic violation.

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Clay County officials said upon further investigation, it was believed that the stop was a human trafficking incident involving undocumented migrants.

The post said while detaining the other occupants of the van, the driver, a male, and a female fled on foot. The post said deputies quickly caught the female, but the other two escaped on foot.

Deputies said the driver, a Hispanic male wearing a black shirt and blue jeans, fled into a heavily wooded area south of 287 in the vicinity of Fairview Road. The other subject, a Hispanic male wearing a red and white shirt and blue jeans, fled north of 287 into a heavily wooded area in the vicinity of East Hapgood Road.

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

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The post said an eyewitness statement gathered from The Pecan Shed suggested a person matching the description of the driver, the lone wanted subject, got into a vehicle in the parking lot and left the area.

Authorities said it is believed the lone wanted subject is no longer in the Clay County area.

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

Citizens with any information about this incident are urged to contact the Clay County Sheriff's Office at (940) 538-5611.

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