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Manhunt over, suspect still at large

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Jolyn Rene Baugh (Source: Van Zandt Co. Jail) Jolyn Rene Baugh (Source: Van Zandt Co. Jail)
Steven Frank Cranford (Source: Van Zandt Co. Jail) Steven Frank Cranford (Source: Van Zandt Co. Jail)
CANTON, TX (KLTV) -

A manhunt that began late Wednesday night in Van Zandt County has now been permanently called off. 

Authorities were searching for 42-year-old Steven Frank Cranford, of Wills Point, after he was spotted at a Canton gas station Wednesday evening. He was able to get away before sheriff's deputies arrived at the station.

Cranford was traveling with 34-year-old Jolyn Rene Baugh, also of Wills Point. Baugh was taken into custody at 4:08 a.m. Thursday morning. She was arrested on one charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution. 

Cranford is wanted on several felony warrants by multiple agencies and in multiple states. Van Zandt County Sheriff Lindsey Ray said that his office has been looking for him for "quite awhile now". A manhunt for Cranford began around 11 p.m. and was called off around 1 a.m. Thursday and resumed after sunrise. The search was permanently called off around 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

He was arrested April 2 for burglary of a building and again April 15 for burglary of a habitation. Baugh was also arrested in April for burglary of a habitation.

A manhunt to find Cranford began near the intersection of Highways 243 and 198 inside the Canton city limits. The Canton Police Department and DPS troopers out of Canton assisted Van Zandt County sheriff's deputies in the manhunt.

The DPS Garland office says a DPS helicopter left Mesquite around 11 p.m. to assist in the search for Cranford, but that it left the scene of the manhunt just after midnight and was back in Mesquite before 12:30 a.m.

Ray says a K9 unit was searching for Cranford in a wooded area just east of The Andrews Center on Highway 243 in Canton. However, Ray says Cranford knows many people in the area, and his office believes Cranford was likely able to find a residence to hide in for the night.

""It's frustrating when we know there are people in the area who are willing to hide him," Ray said in a phone conversation Thursday morning.

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