Fugitive remains at large after second day of searching

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EARLVILLE, Ill. -- The search for a fugitive in La Salle County, Illinois has been suspended for the night with still no arrest.

Officials are searching for Lowell "Max" Ambler, 46, a former LaSalle County deputy. He is wanted in both Lee and LaSalle Counties.

Earlier Wednesday authorities found the red Hyundai Santa Fe police say Ambler carjacked Wednesday morning near Plainfield.

"The car found is in custody two of our officers were able to see him he ran from a tent at a campsite he had here,” LaSalle County Sheriff said Tom Templeton.

Earlville schools went on lockdown while police set up a perimeter.

Tuesday, Templeton abandoned a stolen semi and after an extensive search  last night Plainfield police said they were confident that  Ambler was no longer in the area. But right before 8:30 a.m. today, he pulled off the carjacking at gunpoint not far from Plainfield North High School.

Ambler has been on the run after violating his bond for home invasion and kidnapping charges.

Police say he made his way back to the area he knows best in woods where he liked to hunt for deer.

He is now being tracked by Lasalle County Investigators he used to work with.

Anyone with information on Ambler's whereabouts should contact Plainfield police.

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