Officials said they believed Mr. Cavalcante might be hiding in a heavily wooded area near the prison that also contains almost 300 homes, but they expected the search, which includes canines and drones, to be completed by Saturday afternoon. Ms. Ryan also said that it appeared Mr. Cavalcante, who officials said is five feet tall and speaks Spanish and Portuguese, was acting alone and hiding alone.
“We believe we are getting closer to locating this suspect,” Ms. Ryan said. “We are narrowing the scope of our search.”
She said Mr. Cavalcante is considered dangerous, and she urged residents in the area to stay inside, keep their homes and belongings locked and report anything suspicious. The police have responded to more than 100 tips from neighbors in the area, including allegations of break-ins, Ms. Ryan said. Local and federal authorities, including the U.S. Marshals Service, have announced a $10,000 reward for information that leads to Mr. Cavalcante’s capture.
Mr. Cavalcante, 34, was sentenced to life in prison on Aug. 22. Less than a week earlier, a jury found him guilty of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend, Deborah Brandao, “in front of her two young children,” Ms. Ryan said in a recent Facebook post.
After killing Ms. Brandao in April 2021, Mr. Cavalcante, who was living in Royersford, Pa., at the time, tried to make his way back to his home country of Brazil but was arrested by the police in Virginia, the district attorney said at a news conference on Friday. Ms. Ryan suggested that he might have been heading south again.