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Manhunt ends, schools lift lockdowns

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UPDATE - 1:17 p.m.

CARROLL COUNTY, Va. - Shortly before 10 a.m., the Surry County, North Carolina Sheriff's Office notified the Virginia State Police that a man they were searching for was traveling north on Interstate 77 into Virginia.

The suspect is under investigation for a threat of violence involving a school. The vague threat did not specify a name or location of any school, according to state police.

Out of an abundance of caution, state police notified school districts along I-77 and I-81. It was up to the individual school districts to decide how to respond/manage the situation. 

There is nothing to indicate the man left the interstate as he traveled through Southwest Virginia.

The sheriff's office notified the Virginia State Police that their latest evidence indicates he has left Virginia. 

Virginia State Police concluded its role and search at approximately 12:30 p.m. 

UPDATE - 12:41 p.m.

Police have located the person who was at the center of a manhunt on Friday that caused several schools to bolster police presence, according to Pulaski County Public Schools. 

Schools are no longer on lockdown or shelter in place status. 

The person of interest was found in a different state, according to PCPS. 

We are working to learn more information about why the person was wanted. 

ORIGINAL STORY 

Parents are being warned that there will be an increased police presence in Carroll County and Pulaski County schools on Friday. 

All Pulaski County schools are on shelter in place status. That means that schools will operate as usual, but staff members will be on a higher state of alert. 

According to a robocall from the Carroll County school system, this is a response to threats that were made in Forcyth and Surry counties. 

Police are searching for a white Ford Explorer with North Carolina tags TKC3494 that was last seen on I-77 at Exit 14, according to the school system. It's a suspect vehicle in a North Carolina investigation, but it's not clear yet why that person is being pursued. 

Montgomery County schools are not on lockdown, according to a spokeswoman. 

We're working to get more details confirmed. Check back for updates.