GANGES - The suspect in the Jan. 11 slaying of a Fennville-area woman is sporting a new look in the apparent effort to elude arrest, authorities reported Thursday.
An image believed to show Harold "Butch" Knight, 66, in coveralls and a dark mustache has appeared in surveillance camera video taken in Franklin County, Maine, the Allegan County Sheriff's Department reported.
A previously released photo of Knight shows him with a white mustache.
Almost from the probe's start, police suspected he had fled to Maine after the death of his wife, Sara, 48.
Deputies responding to a 911 call found Sara dead Jan. 13 in the couple's house along 116th Avenue in Ganges Township. Investigators said she died Jan. 11, and evidence indicates strangulation.
Investigators suspect that Harold placed the 911 call from outside the area. Days later, authorities in Maine received reports that Harold was seen there.
The couple lived in Maine until 2013, when Sara returned to her native Michigan to be closer to family, her daughter told The Herald-Palladium. Harold joined her in 2014.
But Sara's daughter, Roxanne Harris, said Harold opposed the move to Michigan, and the couple had become concerned about money.
Allegan Sheriff's Capt. Michael Larsen said three weeks have passed since Knight's last verified sighting. He said investigators believe he dyed his hair and mustache at least two days after Sara's death.
Furthermore, Sara's 2009 Subaru Forester SUV was found abandoned Jan. 16 in Maine. The Michigan license plate GM74A was missing from the vehicle, the Allegan County Sheriff's Department reported.
Larsen said Knight, who stands 6-foot-4 inches, is an avid camper and kayaker, but there is nothing to suggest he is a survivalist or hunter.
Franklin County borders on Quebec. It's slightly smaller than Allegan County with about one-fourth of Allegan County's population.
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