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Jason McVean and Alan Pilon

Real Names: Alan Lamont Pilon, Jason Wayne McVean
Aliases: Monte Pilon
Wanted For: Terrorism, Murder, Attempted Murder
Missing Since: May 29, 1998


Details: On the afternoon of May 29, 1998, forty-five-year-old Colorado police officer Dale Claxton stopped the drivers of a stolen Ignacio, Colorado water-truck near the town of Cortez. As Claxton was waiting word from dispatch, three men got out of the truck brandishing automatic weapons and fired upon Claxton, killing him instantly. The assault and murder shocked the community, and tragically, it was only the beginning. Shortly after the murder, the three men abandoned the stolen water truck, got into a pickup truck, and continued to fire upon police officers in and around Colorado as the officers tried to stop the suspects. During the shooting spree, several police officers were injured by the men, including two who had to be hospitalized.

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Robert Mason

After the shooting spree on May 29, investigators began searching for the killers, with more than 500 officers from local, state, and federal agencies searching but the shooters remained at large. A week passed before they were identified as Alan "Monty" Pilon, Jason McVean, and Robert Mason, all 26. Although none of them had any criminal record, they all had anti-government views and were actually once kicked out of a militia group for allegedly being too violent. A week after their first assaults, the men attacked and injured a police officer in Utah. The three shooters eventually entered into Cross Canyon in Utah where they vanished, which is where their truck was later found abandoned. The next day, Mason's body was found nearby, having died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Officer Dale Claxton

About a month later, two suspicious men were seen near a water truck in a nearby town. The men were then scared off by a young girl, believing that the men were trying to steal it. Police now believe the two men may have been Pilon and McVean, and are now searching for the two fugitives, with a $300,000 reward being offered in the case.
Extra Notes: This segment first ran on April 9, 1999.
Results: Solved. On October 31, 1999, an anonymous tip led police to the remains of Alan Pilon found in the desert in San Juan County, Utah, and it was determined that he had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Jason McVean's remains were later finally found in June 2007, miles from the other two in a remote canyon, marking the final end of the search for the killers. To this day, nobody knows the reason behind the brutal assaults and murder.

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