Man Found After Search


A man living in rural Pocahontas was found Sunday night after several law enforcement agencies participated in a search.

Bond County Chief Deputy Jim Leitschuh said the sheriff’s department received a call about 6:35 p.m. The caller said Mark Cockerham, age 47, had allegedly caused a disturbance, made suicidal and other threatening remarks, and left the residence with a knife.

Leitschuh said deputies responded to the call and shortly afterwards a citizen reported seeing a man run into a cornfield, south east of Pocahontas off the Pokey Road.

A check of Cockerham on the police computer revealed there were warrants out for him from Rock Island and Texas. Chief Deputy Leitschuh said the warrant from Texas was for alleged larceny and a drug charge.

Illinois State Police brought in an airplane to search the area from above. A report was received from a citizen that a subject had been seen northwest of Millersburg. Another citizen call indicated a man was seen possibly entering an out building near Millersburg.

Police officers went to that area and the Fayette County police dog found Cockerham in a tree on property near the out building. The subject came down from the tree and was taken into custody without incident.

Chief Deputy Leitschuh said Cockerham was found between 8:30 and 9 p.m.

Assisting Bond County deputies in the search were Illinois State Police troopers, Greenville police officers, Clinton County deputies and the Fayette County canine unit. Cockerham is being held in the Bond County jail pending extradition to Texas.

Leitschuh expressed his appreciation to the citizens who were alert and called the sheriff’s department with information which led to the subject’s apprehension. He urges all people, who see persons they deem to be suspicious, to notify law enforcement.

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