Business slows as suspect is sought

Rape and kidnapping suspect Brian Adkison.

A manhunt at the Lake of the Ozarks has left people in one small community uneasy and upset about the effect on their business.

The search for rape suspect Brian Adkison is in it's fifth day. He is accused of kidnapping a woman in northwest Missouri, bringing her to University Hospital in Columbia Sunday morning, and then heading south to hide.

Adkison chose a quiet cove and rugged terrain to hide out.

Marilyn Brown lives in Little Buffalo Cove and is keeping up her guard, "He is so elusive he steals cars, jet skis, is getting in and out of houses and he's not caught yet how is this all possible?"

Adkison was last seen in the cove Wednesday afternoon. He ran into the woods, but left evidence behind in a boat. Authorities are checking cars and boats as they enter the area around the 65 to 70 mile markers at the lake. The small area 15 miles from Stover has been a difficult place to search.

Sgt. Paul Reinsch explains, "Its very steep there's not a whole lot of roads in that area so we are searching it as quickly as we can." Reinsch says the patrol and local deputies are using a helicopter and K-9 units.

More than 50 officers were on the job there Thursday. The FBI was not at that location, but Reinsch says the agency was working other leads.

The owners of the Hiawatha Beach Resort in Little Buffalo Cove say people were not coming into the cove to buy gas and for the sake of their business they hope the search ends soon. "Business today? Nothing by water, only buy land and if it continues this way it will be a total disaster," fears owner June Morgan.

Reinsch says he does not know why Adkison chose the lake area to hide. Authorities can only assume he has access to a police scanner and weapons, and is therefore considered armed and dangerous. The highway patrol is hoping Adkison will end the search by giving himself up.