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Armed squatter triggers search

A manhunt is under way for an armed squatter authorities say surprised the owners of a cabin near Lake Roosevelt on Sunday.

Eric John Dobbs, 32, told one of the owners that he was a bounty hunter there to collect $10,000, said Brian Telford, chief criminal deputy with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

The owners, a husband and wife who live in Harrington, had traveled to their cabin near Porcupine Bay to prepare it for summer, Telford said.

Investigators identified Dobbs through items left at the cabin, where he’d apparently been staying for some time, Telford said.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is working with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force to track Dobbs.

They found his SUV abandoned on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Stevens County on Tuesday night. Dobbs is from Virginia but has ties to Lincoln, Spokane and Whatcom counties, as well as North Idaho.

Anyone with information on him should contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at (509) 725-3501.

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