Everett Dutschke described as person of interest

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 4/26/2013 1:28 pm
OZARK COMMUNITY, Miss. (WTVA) -- Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson held an impromptu news conference Thursday following a search for J. Everett Dutschke.

He used words not yet heard by Dutschke's attorney, Lori Nail Basham.

"Mr. Dutschke is a person of interest. I don't think he's a suspect in this. They are keeping the tabs on him. Now, where they are now I do not know. At one time last night around 9 p.m. they were here," Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson said.

He refers to Dutschke and friend Kirk Kitchens.

It was during their time together, Dutschke fell off the FBI radar.

"Apparently, the authorities were keeping a tab on him and he slipped away from that tab," Dickinson added.

Both are believed to have spent some time at a Ozark Community residence on Twenty Mile Bottom Road owned by Melvin Kitchens-Kirk Kitchen's father.

News of a planned house search by the FBI caught the elder Kitchens off guard.

"I don't know what they want and there's not going to be nothing here. Of course I don't stay here," Kitchens said.

An Itawamba County Deputy pulled the men over during a traffic stop Wednesday night, but the officer was told to let them go.

Later, the FBI descended on the Ozark Community to conduct a night search that would prove unsettling to residents.

"A little uneasy that something like this could go on around here, you know," Thomas Guin said.

"Well, it's a pretty good shock to the whole community," Douglas Kitchens said.

Sheriff Dickinson, Melvin Kitchens, and relatives waited much of the morning for the FBI to show up, but ultimately the sheriff took matters into his own hands.

"Their anxiety levels were rising and I took it upon my self to come and look in the house and clarify all this so everybody could get back to doing what they needed to do," Sheriff Dickinson added.

Thursday afternoon, Kirk Kitchens told his story to the media.

He says the pair are friends and were being followed by the media.

They decided to ride around, and ultimately they drove to Itawamba County.

They went inside the home on Twenty Mile Bottom, turned on the television, and left out the back door.

Kitchens said they then got into a vehicle after walking through bottom land.

Dutschke's attorney informed the FBI where her client could be found.

He appeared to arrive home on his own around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
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