UPDATE: Clay County fugitive remains on lam after manhunt

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of fugitive Tracey W. Burk AKA Aaron Burk, 45, Brazil, is encouraged to call the Putnam County Sheriff's Department at 653-3211.

QUINCY -- A Saturday morning manhunt involving several law enforcement agencies led to the arrest of a Brazil man, but did not yield the capture of a fugitive from Clay County.

Early Saturday morning, Putnam County Sheriff's deputies were assisting Clay County investigators with locating fugitive Tracey W. Burk "AKA" Aaron Burk, 45, Brazil.

At 5:30 a.m. Lt. Doug Nally observed Burk in the passenger seat of a vehicle that had just passed. Nally immediately directed marked patrol units nearby to make a traffic stop on County Road 1200 South near 500 East.

It was at this time the driver, Kurt Taylor, 51, of Brazil, failed to stop and led police on a short vehicle pursuit.

When the driver came to a stop Burk exited the car and fled south into a heavily wooded area. The Indiana Department of Corrections K-9 tracking team was called to assist, as well as the Indiana State Police air support unit and the Owen County Sheriff.

Several buildings and barns in the area were searched and homeowners were advised to stay in their locked homes. The search was called off shortly before noon.

Burk is wanted for a parole violation and if located, will be extradited anywhere in the United States.

He is also wanted in Clay County for kidnapping, criminal confinement, battery and robbery.

Burk is one of five Clay County residents facing felony charges in the latter incident, which involved the kidnap of an adult male and his subsequent beating with a frying pan, baton and machete.

Kurt Taylor

Taylor was taken to the Putnam County Jail for his role in the Saturday pursit. He was booked in on charges of resisting law enforcement and assisting a criminal.

The public is asked if they have information on the whereabouts of Burk that they call the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at 653-3211.

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  • Forgot to mention Aaron got his start right here in Putnam County as a teenager.

    -- Posted by Clovertucky on Sun, Feb 1, 2015, at 12:32 AM
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