UPDATE: San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies have released the name of a man they believe is the “suspicious subject” they were searching for earlier today.
Detectives are looking for Jeffrey Lee Wilson, 41, of Atascadero.
Anyone with information on Wilson’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 781-4550.
Original story: The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office instituted, then called off an extensive search for a “suspicious subject” who was carrying a machete and wearing camouflage gear as he disappeared into the riverbed near Atascadero shortly after a burglary took place in the vicinity Friday morning.
The sheriff's office said it received a report about the man at 9:50 a.m. in the 1500 block of Templeton Road. When deputies responded, they learned that a nearby business had been burglarized.
The man was last seen heading toward the river bed toward Home Depot in Atascadero, according to their report.
Deputies, Atascadero police officers, K-9 units, all-terrain vehicles and a CHP helicopter searched for him.
“After a lengthy search, the man was not located in the area and the search was discontinued,” the sheriff's office said in a press release.
Officials advised residents to take “normal precautions,” such as locking your door if you’re inside your home.
They described the man as a stocky white male with reddish skin and a military haircut, around 5’8” tall, wearing camouflage gear and carrying “a large, 10-inch machete.”