Authorities scale back search for ‘real-life Rambo’ militia leader.

David Burgert, 47, is the former leader of a Flathead…

David Burgert, 47, is the former leader of a Flathead County militia group known as Project 7, named for the number “7” on Flathead County license plates in Montana. Project 7 allegedly plotted to assassinate local officials, go to war with the National Guard and overthrow the federal government.

The ground hunt for a former Montana militia leader accused of firing a gun at sheriff’s deputies was scaled back Tuesday after authorities said the suspect disappeared into the woods near the Idaho border.

Missoula County Undersheriff Mike Dominick says law enforcement agents would continue to search a 50-square-mile area centered on the Lolo National Forest in the search for ex-convict David Burgert.

But Dominick said Burgert — a practiced survivalist — could have escaped the area where the search initially focused, possibly in a 1987 Jeep Wagoneer that Burgert owns but authorities have been unable to find.

“The area is so large we’ve expanded it out from a ground search to more of a road search,” Dominick said. “We don’t know if he’s still there. We’re speaking to as many people that know him as we can, trying to develop investigative leads.”

Source: Fox News

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