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Aaron Bassler Manhunt: New Surveillance Photo Shows Calif. Murder Suspect At Large


First Posted: 09/27/11 11:47 AM ET Updated: 11/27/11 05:12 AM ET

FORT BRAGG, Calif. (Associated Press) -- Authorities say surveillance cameras have captured an image of the fugitive suspected of killing a Northern California city councilman and a land trust manager.

Deputies have been searching a 400-square-mile area for weeks, and have installed 40 cameras to aid their search.

In the photo, Aaron Bassler appears to be holding a high-caliber rifle and vandalizing a cabin.

Bassler is suspected of fatally shooting 69-year-old Fort Bragg City Councilman Jere Melo on Aug. 27 and 45-year-old Mendocino Land Trust land manager Matthew Coleman, who was found dead on Aug. 11.

Authorities believe they are closing in on Bassler.

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