GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. (WKRN) — The search for a missing woman in Graves County, Ky. led to the discovery of a wanted man living in an underground bunker, authorities said.
According to the Graves County Sheriff’s Office, crews were searching Tuesday in the area of Bell Road and Dooms Chapel Road near the Marshall County line as part of the investigation into the disappearance of Samantha Sperry, last seen March 27 in the area of Symsonia, Ky.
During the search for Sperry, deputies said they located what appeared to be an underground bunker with living quarters and a man hiding inside.
Investigators said the man, identified as Earnest Dean Hendrickson, had been wanted since November for violating parole on multiple charges including Manufacturing Methamphetamine, theft of Anhydrous Ammonia with the intent to Manufacture Meth, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Evading Police.
Inside the bunker, deputies said they found food and clothing, along with two-way radio equipment used to communicate with people at a nearby residence in an attempt evade capture.
A second, smaller underground bunker was located a short distance from the first one, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The 41-year-old has previous convictions in Graves, Lyon, McCracken and Marshall counties.
He was taken into custody Tuesday and was lodged in the Graves County jail.