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Tuesday
Jun142011

Montana Manhunt for David Burgert, Survivalist Militia Leader

Comstock/Thinkstock(FLATHEAD COUNTY, Mont.) -- The FBI, U.S. Marshals and Montana police are hunting a former militia leader who's considered armed and dangerous.

Officials have been canvassing the rural region where David Burgert disappeared Sunday, searching highways and keeping watch over Flathead County, Mont., where they anticipate he might return. But so far, he has managed to elude authorities.

"He is dangerous to the public," Flathead County Undersherriff Jordan White told ABC News. Though Burgert's "primary aggression has been towards government agencies," White said he might steal equipment, food or even another vehicle from citizens. He is alleged to have stolen the guns he has in his possession.

The search for Burgert, 47, started Sunday, when officers followed up on a call they received about the ex-convict, who is under federal and state probation after being released from prison.

David Burgert, who used to be in the Marines, went AWOL, according to his stepmother, Sandra Burgert, in the early '80s.

For the past two decades, however, Burgert has been arrested several times. He was charged with assaulting Flathead County deputies in 2001 and Undersherrif White said police ultimately discovered his disturbing goal: to "start a revolution."

Investigators learned Burgert was leading Project 7, a militia group named after Flathead County, which is the seventh county in the state. When police found Burgert in 2002, he was prosecuted and sentenced to federal prison, White said.

The FBI declined to comment for this story.

Authorities say Burgert is six feet two inches tall and weighs at least 230 pounds, possibly 250. He has brown eyes and brown hair, and was last seen wearing a blue-ish shirt, khaki pants, and a fanny pack. Police believe he is armed with a handgun and possibly a rifle.

If anyone has information about Burgert or his whereabouts they can call the Flathead County Sherriff's office at 406-758-5610.

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