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Mitchell Caleb Hughes

BOONE COUNTY — A Racine man was arrested after leading police in Boone and Kanawha counties on a manhunt that lasted over seven hours on Oct. 18.

Mitchell Caleb Hughes, 30, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in relation to the shooting death of Ashley Goad, 22, and her unborn child outside of a home on the 1600 block of Left Fork Road in Comfort.

According to Boone County 911, the accused stole a Boone County Sheriff’s Office cruiser during the search for him in the Ashford area, where officers were responding to a tip.

Officers pursued Hughes into the Hernshaw area of Kanawha County before losing sight of him. The cruiser was recovered in Kanawha County, where a local resident discovered the abandoned cruiser in the Kanawha State Forest.

Hughes was arrested by Kanawha County deputies after homeowners located him at the front door of their residence in the 7000 block of Kanawha State Forest Drive, according to the sheriff’s office via Facebook.

Boone County Sheriff Chad Barker thanked community members for their help providing tips and information related to Hughes and his whereabouts through a press release.

“At this point, the shooting appears to be random, but it is still early in the investigation,” the press release stated.

Hughes is being held in South Central Regional Jail on $50,000 property/surety bond.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at 304-307-2401.

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