Eric Robert Rudolph and Other Antigovernment Fugitives Remain on the Run

A surprising number of antigovernment fugitives, some of them nationally known, remain on the run

· A year after three antigovernment survivalists allegedly gunned down Cortez, Colo., police officer Dale Claxton, Jason Wayne McVean, 27, and Alan "Monte" Pilon, 31, remain fugitives in the face one of the largest searches in Western history.

McVean, Pilon and a third man, Robert Mason, allegedly murdered Claxton on May 29, 1998, after the officer stopped them in a water truck they had just stolen for reasons that remain unclear.

Six days later, Mason shot and wounded a sheriff's deputy near Montezuma Creek, Utah,, then committed suicide. Despite a number of sightings around the harsh canyon country of the Four Corners region, state and federal authorities have not captured McVean or Pilon, and there is evidence that they may be getting help.

In January, there were reports that vehicles have been seen in suspicious areas near Montezuma Creek. A month later, Navajo police said two men who did not resemble McVean or Pilon threatened a local resident who had given authorities information about the pair.

The fugitives are believed linked to an underground group, the Four Corners Patriot Militia.

· Larry Mikeil Myers, the one-time commander of Florida's Highlander Militia, 7th Regiment, has been sought for more than three years on charges of conspiracy, mailing threats and attempted jury tampering.

Myers, a 50-year-old man who is said to be knowledgeable in the use of explosives, disappeared after a federal grand jury indicted a group of people in Florida connected with the so-called "Constitutional Common-Law Court of We the People."

Emilio Ippolito, now 73, and seven others were ultimately convicted of charges that included threatening to hang federal judges and other officials. Ippolito drew a sentence of more than 11 years. Myers is accused of, among other things, attempting to influence jurors in the San Francisco trial of a fellow antigovernment extremist, Phillip Marsh, an Ippolito co-defendant in Florida.

Law enforcement officials believe that Myers has been aided by fellow "Patriots" in Florida. Last year, evidence surfaced that Myers might have made his way to North Carolina.

· Despite one of the largest manhunts in United States history, accused serial bomber Eric Robert Rudolph remains at large, perhaps hiding in the 530,000-acre wilderness of western North Carolina's Nantahala National Forest.

Rudolph, an adherent of Christian Identity theology, is charged with four bombings that left two people dead, including a police officer, and 124 others injured: the July 27, 1996, bombing at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta; the Jan. 16, 1997, bombing of an Atlanta area abortion clinic; the Feb. 21, 1997, bombing of a lesbian nightclub in Atlanta; and the Jan. 29, 1998, bombing of a Birmingham, Ala., abortion clinic.

Authorities believe that Rudolph, an accomplished woodsman, is surviving without help in the caves and old mines near his boyhood home. But he has also become a folk hero to some in the area. In July, it took a health store owner four days to report his encounter with Rudolph, despite a $1 million reward. Rudolph is believed to have broken into a dozen area cabins for supplies.

· After discovering a large patch of marijuana northeast of Gainesville, Fla., in July 1997, police raided the nearby house of Danny Ray Simmons and girlfriend Angela Louise Cook. What they found amazed them.

In addition to a large quantity of marijuana, 811 live pot plants and growing equipment, there was $47,000 in cash; sophisticated false IDs; an arsenal including numerous assault rifles, cases of ammunition and a .50-caliber sniper's rifle; ingredients for pipe bombs, the explosive compound RDX; and, most frightening, some of the ingredients and a shopping list for making deadly cyanide gas.

They also found extremist literature — including a publication Simmons appeared to be writing — and addresses of militia and Klan leaders. Simmons, now 50, arrived while the house was being searched but fled into the woods and escaped. Cook, 49, bonded out of jail and disappeared.

Simmons may have been making $500,000 a year and using some profits to fund antigovernment activities. He is wanted on federal and state drug and weapons charges. Cook is being sought on firearms violations.