Man wanted in connection with attempted murder

Published: Sep. 12, 2023 at 12:30 PM EDT
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MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) - A man wanted by the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office is facing several charges including attempted murder.

Meigs County Sheriff Scott Fitch said a woman is fighting for her life after an assault Sunday in the Reedsville area.

“Deputies responded to the scene. That is where they found the victim. She was treated and transported to a medical hospital where she was flown to Morgantown, where she still is currently,” said Fitch.

Deputies said Christopher Cowdery is wanted on charges of first degree attempted murder, second degree felonious assault and second degree strangulation.

“We believe he is still in the area, whether or not he is still in Meigs County or not is a little unclear. We have received hundreds of tips,” said Fitch. “We don’t want to see anyone else get injured, so the sooner we can locate Chris and bring him into custody, I think better for all parties involved.”

They said deputies have worked with the United States Marshal’s Service Fugitive Apprehension Unit to execute search warrants, but they have not located him.

“We don’t know for sure if he is actually armed at this time, but due to the nature of the crime I would be very cautious,” said Fitch.

The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office said Cowdery is considered to be dangerous, and if anyone sees him, they are advised to stay away and call 911.

“If anyone is found to be harboring or aiding Chris in evading arrest then they will be criminally charged to the fullest extent of the law,” Meigs County Sheriff Scott Fitch said in a Facebook post. “Chris, if you see this Facebook post, we know you are well aware that you are wanted. I strongly suggest that you stop hiding and turn yourself in immediately.”

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