Florida deputies catch man who hid in swamp for days, sheriff says

Cory Philippe, 32, faces aggravated battery charge

Courtesy of the Osceola County Sheriff's Office. (Osceola County Sheriff's Office)

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – A wanted man hiding from deputies since Tuesday in a swamp near Yeehaw Junction has been captured, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

It was announced on social media two days after Osceola deputies said they had “exhausted” search efforts for the man, identified as Cory Philippe, 32.

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According to photos posted to the sheriff’s office’s Facebook earlier in the week, search efforts began Tuesday while there was still daylight. The sheriff’s office sought Philippe in connection to an aggravated battery case.

Deputies searched wooded areas and vacant homes about a half mile east of State Road 60 and Sunshine Avenue. When the sheriff’s office said its search efforts would be dialed back, it reaffirmed that law enforcement would maintain a presence in the area.

As detailed in a news release, it was determined Philippe was hiding in a trailer located in the search area. An Osceola County SWAT team surrounded the trailer and eventually saw Philippe exit after team members deployed gas into the structure, the sheriff’s office said.

Phillipe is accused of beating his father with a blunt object. He was booked Friday, faces a charge of aggravated battery on a person 65 years old or older and has been given no bond amount.

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