Manhunt for homicide suspect continues near Roosevelt Lake

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ROOSEVELT LAKE, Ariz. -- For a second day in a row, Arizona law officers fanned out over the rough and remote landscape north of Roosevelt Lake, looking for a man who is both a wanted fugitive and a suspect in a possible murder.

Gabriel Jaramillo, 57, a guy with a hefty rap sheet, has been on the lam since late Saturday night when he allegedly led law officers on a high-speed chase from the Globe/Miami area nearly 50 miles to an isolated area near Roosevelt Lake, allegedly firing at pursuing officers along the way.

Not far from the lake, Jaramillo reportedly bailed out of the truck he was driving and took off into the desert.

He should be considered armed and dangerous, according to Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores.

Prior to Saturday night's chase, cops from the eastern Arizona town of Eagar had been looking for Jaramillo in connection with the disappearance and suspected killing of a 47-year-old Eagar man named Steve Long.

An autopsy was performed Monday on a body found Friday near Big Lake.

Apache County Attorney Michael Whiting said dental records are being used to see if the body is that of Long.

Police in the Globe/Miami area reportedly spotted Jaramillo late Saturday night in Long's missing Toyota pickup truck.

When officers tried to stop him he reportedly ran, allegedly exchanging gunfire with law officers en route to that rugged landscape near Roosevelt Lake.

Tracks were discovered Monday afternoonm according to Gila County Sheriff's Sgt. Keith Thompson, leading searchers to believe Jaramillo is still in the area.

Officials caution, if you see Jaramillo don't approach him. Instead, call 911.