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First-degree murder suspect on the run after deadly police chase

A cross is planted at the site where Malinda Phillips lost her life after her vehicle was violent hit. (Wilson/KTUL)

The horrifically violent collision at the intersection of Choctaw and West Avenue in Tahlequah ripped the engine out of Miranda Phillips' car and threw a tire 30-yards away. Now, there's a cross surrounded by flowers with a photo of Phillips in the center, and a manhunt for the suspect responsible for her death, Aram Catron.

Catron was running from a Cherokee Nation deputy marshal on Jan. 26 when he crashed into Phillips' car. He was taken to the hospital after the crash but checked himself out before he could be arrested.

Catron is remembered as just a regular guy before he was named a fugitive from justice and disappeared.

"Yeah, he's a regular customer here," said Boon's Convenience Store clerk Gali Gopi. "No, no I didn't see him since the accident but people always come here and tell he's at the house."

There are remnants of a burned-out trailer near Catron's home address just off Highway 412.

"The police was here today. This morning. Yeah like three to four sheriffs outside and they ask me, I said no I didn't see, and there was an older guy, he was here and he came and explain all the story; hey you know the guy who killed the lady in Tahlequah, he stole my truck," said Gopi.

Tulsa's Channel 8 called the Delaware County Sheriffs office to ask if Catron was a person of interest in a truck theft, but we were told no one was available to confirm or deny that information.

"I told him how are you sure, are you sure it's the same guy, how do you know that? He said no, I know that guy, I left my trailer right there and also the police told me all the features and the police told me like he left the truck right back there, same spot and he took off somewhere," said Gopi.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Aram Catron call Crime Stoppers at (918) 596-COPS.

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