Hunt for Harold Knight: Inside the mystery package

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GLADWIN, Mich. (WOOD) — Nearly two years after Harold “Butch” Knight called police to say he’d strangled his wife Sara Knight, her family is growing more desperate to track him down.

For the first time, they’re revealing what was in a mystery package that Harold Knight sent to his wife’s mother, Carolyn Clore.

Clore said she believes Allegan County detectives aren’t doing enough to track down the 66-year-old accused killer.

“Butch was 6-6 and about 250 to 300 pounds,” she said. “He was bald-headed. You could not miss him, but yet the police did miss him.”

“They just dropped our case; (they) aren’t looking,” she added.

That, she said, is why Sara Knight’s daughter is working with a retired police officer turned private investigator in hopes of hunting down Harold Knight.

In January 2015, Harold Knight called police to report he had strangled his wife of 15 years, and that they’d find her in their home near Fennville. By that time, the former truck driver was gone.

He was last seen days later at a motel in northwest Maine, near the Canadian border, wearing a camouflage outfit with a dyed mustache.

Allegan County Prosecutor Fred Anderson on Wednesday acknowledged the trail had gone cold.

Allegan County sheriff’s detectives said they’ve done all they could, working with other agencies to track down tips, but the tips stopped coming in May or June.

A short time after Sara Knight’s death, her mother got a package from Harold Knight with a surprise inside.

“Two-thousand dollars, wrapped in newspaper — $1,000 in each package,” she said.

Knight wrote that she should use it to cremate his wife, she said.

“(It was) cold-blooded. I mean, why would he do that after he killed her?” Clore questioned.

The package also contained a rambling letter, with what he said was his motive.

“He claimed he was a drug addict or drug dealer and that she was a liability- that she had seen something she shouldn’t have,” she said.

Sara Knight’s mother said she doesn’t believe that; neither do investigators.

She believes he killed her because he wanted to control her. For years, he had tried to keep his wife from her own mother, she said.

“He wanted her for himself and he wanted to go back to Maine, and she wouldn’t go,” Clore said.

Knight also taunted police in the letter.

“He said that ‘they’re not smart enough to catch me,'” Sara Knight’s mother recounted. “‘I will turn myself in when I feel I want to, and I will never spend a day in jail.'”

Since Sara Knight’s death, her mother said she mostly stays inside, trapped by her loss.

“I can’t get past it. He’s got to be caught. I’ve got to know why he killed her, when he pretended to love her so much,” Clore explained.

There’s another reason she wants him caught.

“I guess I need to know that he’s not as smart as he thought he was,” she said.

>>App users: view timeline of Harold Knight investigation here.

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