LAPEER, Mich. — While a manhunt stretching from Michigan to Maine reaches the 10 month mark, the daughter of the woman Harold 'Butch' Knight is suspected of strangling to death in January thinks he's hiding out much closer than anyone realizes.
Roxanne Cameron-Harris, Sara Knight's daughter, said she believes her stepfather 'Butch' is playing a calculated game in the time he's been on the run from authorities following the 911 call he made confessing to the murder of his wife.
“There’s never a coincidence with Butch, I’ve noticed that," she told FOX 17. "There’s always a reason for anything."
Ten months ago, 'Butch' called 911, telling a dispatcher he'd strangled his wife in their Ganges Township home and asked authorities to come to the home to "do whatever they do with dead bodies."
It's a call forever etched into Cameron-Harris' mind once it was played back to her earlier this year.
“Hearing the words that he said was… it like haunts me," she said. "It’s incredibly hard to hear someone you know talk about somebody like a piece of trash."
The 911 call was placed Jan. 13, but authorities believe Sara was killed two days prior. 'Butch' became the prime suspect.
Eluding police ever since, the 67 year old has changed his appearance, dying his mustache and has been spotted several times in Maine. Surveillance pictures spotted him in a Wal-Mart in Franklin County, Maine. It's the same store where it was later discovered he ditched his wife's vehicle before checking into a hotel in nearby Rangley.
Authorities were even investigating whether Knight had gone into hiding in one of the Amish communities in Maine. At least three Amish communities are known to be in the Rangley area, investigators told FOX 17 in September. Family members tipped police off about Knight’s curiosity in the Amish, but detectives also found books in Knight’s pole barn that led them to believe it could be a possibility.
Rangley is also familiar territory for 'Butch' who'd lived nearby with Sara for nearly a decade prior to the two moving back to Michigan in the summer of 2014.
Cameron-Harris says it's no coincidence.
“He’s very smart. I don’t know if he’s doing this for a reason. We can’t figure that part out, but how do you get from here to Maine and not have a single person see you," she questioned.
In July, a relative of Sara Knight contacted authorities after noticing someone had 'liked' a post on Facebook using the deceased wife's account. Investigators later said it was highly probable the only person who likely had the password to the Facebook account was 'Butch.'
Cameron-Harris tells FOX 17 not knowing where and when Knight will appear next has lead her family to live anxiously in fear because they believe he's not only still alive, but hiding nearby.
"I think this is some kind of sick game he’s playing," Cameron-Harris said. "For whatever reason he wants us to pay, and we’ve paid dearly. It’s time for this game to end.”
Police said they continue to receive tips from across the country, and take each one seriously. Authorities in Michigan also say they remain in constant contact with investigators in Maine where 'Butch' was last spotted.
Authorities said Knight should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on Knight's whereabouts is asked to contact the Allegan County Sheriff's Office at 269-673-0500.