WATCH LIVE: Authorities update public after PA state police take over hunt for escaped killer
Police recorded Danelo Cavalcante’s mother’s plea for him to surrender, which is being broadcasted from a helicopter over the blocked off area.
Multiple schools in Pennsylvania are closed Tuesday, as authorities continue the manhunt for a convicted killer who has been on the run for days after escaping a Chester County prison.
Danelo Souza Cavalcante, 34, has been spotted four times since breaking out from Chester State Prison on Thursday morning. He was most recently spotted by a state trooper within a two-mile radius of a wooded area in Chester County. Cavalcante is originally from Brazil, where he is also wanted for homicide, and is allegedly in the United States illegally.
The Kennett Consolidated School District and Unionville-Chadds Ford School District (UCF) both announced the closure of schools and offices Tuesday “out of an abundance of caution” while the search continued.
“The district has received information that the status of the situation with the escaped prisoner has changed,” UCF said in a notice on its website. “Schools and offices are closed today and the district will operate on a Flexible Instructional Day.”
PA STATE POLICE TAKE OVER HUNT FOR ESCAPED CONVICTED MURDERER, PLAY MOM’S SURRENDER PLEA FROM CHOPPER
Danelo Cavalcante whereabouts are unknown Friday following his prison escape in Pennsylvania on Thursday morning. (West Chester Police Department)
Cavalcante was sentenced to life in prison last month for killing his ex-girlfriend in front of her children, and escaped while awaiting transfer to state prison, authorities say. It remains unclear how he escaped.
Since Cavalcante escaped from prison, there have been several credible sightings within an area bordered by the intersection of Route 926 and 52 North on 52 to Parker’s Mill Road Southeast to 926, and west to the intersection of 926 and 52 in Pocopson Township.
Cavalcante has been spotted four confirmed times since escaping prison. (West Chester Police Department)
ESCAPED MURDER CONVICT DANELO CAVALCANTE SPOTTED ON RESIDENTIAL CAMERA, LAW ENFORCEMENT SWEEPING AREA
On Saturday, the escaped killer was observed on a residential surveillance camera at about 12:30 a.m. in the 1800 block of Lenape Road, about 1.5 miles from the prison.
A wanted poster for Danelo Cavalcante released by the U.S. Marshals. (US Marshals)
Officials are using a helicopter to broadcast a message that Cavalcante’s mother recorded in Portuguese in the hopes of assisting in Cavalcante’s surrender.
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“One of the things that we have done is we’ve had the individual’s mother make a recording asking him to surrender peacefully,” Major Lieutenant Colonel George Bivens, with the Pennsylvania State Police, told reporters on Monday. “It’s being broadcast in an effort to facilitate his peaceful surrender.”
Fox News’ Greg Wehner contributed to this report.