Reward offered as manhunt for Kilbourne continues

Jan Kilbourne

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UDALL, Kansas – Law enforcement continue their search in Cowley County for the man suspected of shooting at a Butler County deputy Monday.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office announced a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of 41-year-old Jan Tracy Kilbourne.

A possible sighting of him brought law enforcement out in full force Wednesday morning.

Someone thought they saw him running from a farmhouse several miles east of Udall.

The area is remote, and neighbors describe the terrain as rough and wooded, with plenty of places for Kilbourne to hide.

“We don’t know if its him. He’s obviously pushing very hard to get away from us,” said Sgt. Doug Allison, Cowley County Sheriff’s Department.

Butler County investigators are following leads in Liberal and in Hutchinson, because Kilbourne has ties to both cities. But a massive search prompted by a possible sighting Wednesday in Cowley County was scaled back after several hours, although a tracking team continued working there Thursday.

If you have any information on Kilbourne’s whereabouts, you are asked to call 1-800-KS-Crime or 316-322-4257. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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