HAMILTON, Ohio – Authorities have identified a man they say jumped from a moving car during a chase Wednesday in Butler County.
Deputies said Toby Rivers, 29, was a passenger in a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu involved in a chase that started at about 1:30 p.m.
When the deputies attempted to stop the car near Hancock Avenue and SR 4 in Hamilton, its driver took off northbound on SR 4.
The pursuit continued onto eastbound SR 129 to southbound Bypass 4 in Fairfield Township, officials said.
Shortly after turning onto Bypass 4, authorities said Rivers jumped from the car and landed in a ditch.
Deputies said they stopped the pursuit to see if he was OK. But authorities said he got up, covered in blood, and ran from the ditch into a bean field on the west side of the roadway.
Fairfield Township emergency crews and police joined Butler County deputies in searching for Rivers. A Hamilton County helicopter also responded in an attempt to find him in the field.
Despite search efforts, he was not found.
On Thursday, a family member of Rivers informed the Butler County Sheriff’s Office that he was still alive. The family member said they verified that information through a third party.
Both deputies and Fairfield police have not seen Rivers since the chase, officials said.
Nearby hospitals have been told to be on alert in case he seeks treatment.
Deputies say they do not know why Rivers jumped from the vehicle, but hope to find him.
He is 5-foot-7 and weighs about 170 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing blue jean shorts and an orange shirt.
Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said Rivers may be dangerous and should not be approached if spotted.
“We have been actively searching for him since he was last seen and are very concerned for his well-being,” Jones said. “If he needs medical attention, I want to make sure he gets it. It is concerning that no one has seen him but his family reports he’s OK from a third party.”
Deputies ask anyone with information in this case to call the Butler County Sheriff’s Office at 513-785-1300.