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6.8.04

Accused killer spotted twice; in Asheville and Tenn.

The lights are staying on through the night now in the detective division of the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office. Inside is a 24-hour command center dedicated to the capture of 28-year-old John Peck.

He's the man authorities say shot and killed 22-year-old Christen Naujoks as she returned to her North Chase apartment Friday night.

"We're never going to be satisfied until he's apprehended and brought to trial," New Hanover County Chief Deputy Tom Parker said.

At an afternoon press conference Monday, authorities revealed that during a search of Peck's Wilmington home, they found women's clothing, make-up and a wig.

"He may disguise himself as a woman to avoid apprehension," Deputy Chief Parker said. "He made purchases in a local store in New Hanover County including things like: a bra, stockings, a blouse, a skirt and make-up."

Also inside Peck's house: an online map with directions right to the front door of Naujoks' parents home in Solon, Ohio. They're now under heavy police surveillance. It's unclear where Peck is headed.

Authorities say he was spotted in Asheville Sunday, and in Johnson City, Tennessee Monday.

He's likely driving a dark green Toyota 4-Runner with North Carolina plates SRR-8120. He's a white male, about 5-foot-7, weighing 180 pounds with a shaved head.

Authorities fear he's carrying an SKS Rifle -- the same weapon they say he used to murder Naujoks.

Investigators say Peck called his father, a former sheriff's deputy, but will not reveal what was said.

"We do not want John Peck to know everything we know because that's going to make it much more difficult to apprehend him," Chief Deputy Parker said.

The manhunt now spans nearly a third of the country. Because Peck is the son of a former deputy, authorities believes he has a great deal of knowledge of the inner workings of law enforcement, making him twice as difficult to catch as any other man on the run.

Reported by Aaron Saykin

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