CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.C. — The manhunt for a man who escaped from the Hoke County Jail more than two weeks ago has gone nationwide.
On Saturday, officers from the Lowell Police Department, near Charlotte, found a white pick-up truck abandoned behind a factory. They said the stolen vehicle was connected to William Glenn Barefoot, 40.
A SWAT team from Gastonia moved in, but did not find the escapee.
Authorities believe Barefoot is moving westward, and it is possible he is no longer in North Carolina.
"We hope we'll be able to gain some information as this case becomes a nationwide manhunt," U.S. Marshal Charles Reavis said.
Because this is now a federal case, anyone who helps Barefoot will face federal charges.
The U.S. Marshal's Service said Barefoot is armed with two weapons -- a .9 mm pistol and a long gun.
The regional search for Barefoot had already turned to a national one after Barefoot was featured on Saturday night's episode of "America's Most Wanted."
Authorities and Barefoot's family members are asking the fugitive to turn himself in.
"We want this to end peacefully. We want him please to call us so we can help him turn himself in. That is what he has got to do at this point," the family said in a statement.
Barefoot was serving an 84-year sentence for shooting a Scotland County sheriff's officer in 2001. He escaped from the Hoke County Jail on Oct. 25 after overpowering two Hoke County jailers and stealing a Ford Explorer.
He has been sought by officials in Hoke, Moore, Cumberland and Gaston counties.
Since his time on the run, investigators said Barefoot broke into two homes and stole two vehicles.
Barefoot is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 202 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes and a tattoo on his left hand between his thumb and index finger. Barefoot should be considered dangerous.