Milford Man Wanted By Federal Authorities Found After Manhunt At Fort Defiance State Park In Estherville

Tue 9-1-2020

(Estherville)-- A Milford man wanted on federal charges was taken into custody Monday evening after leading authorities on a manhunt at Fort Defiance State Park in Estherville. 

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office says it started around 2:30 pm Monday when a deputy observed a man sitting on a motorcycle in the public parking area near the east entrance to the park. The man and the motorcycle matched the description of a man wanted on federal charges and who was believed to be possibly armed. When the deputy approached the man he ran north into a heavily wooded area. Additional personnel from the Emmet County Sheriff's Office, Estherville Police Department, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa  Division of Narcotics Enforcement responded to the scene, along with the Multi Agency Response Team known as "MART". 

A K-9 from Kossuth county led officers through about a half mile of wooded area to a riverbank where they found the man, identified as 44-year-old Christopher Michael Frerichs of Milford. 

Frerichs was taken into custody without incident at about 6:30 pm and was taken to the Emmet county jail where he is being held until he is transferred to the custody of the U.S. Marshal's Service. 

The Iowa State Patrol, Emmet County Emergency Management, Estherville Fire Department, Estherville Ambulance Service and K-9 units from the Spencer and Estherville Police Departments also assisted on the scene.