One suspect was caught late Thursday, but the second vehicle and livestock theft suspect sought in a Pottawatomie County manhunt remained at-large Friday, with authorities believing he stole a vehicle found abandoned near Wellston in Lincoln County.

One suspect was caught late Thursday, but the second vehicle and livestock theft suspect sought in a Pottawatomie County manhunt remained at-large Friday, with authorities believing he stole a vehicle found abandoned near Wellston in Lincoln County.

Authorities know who they're looking for — Cody Porter, 27, Pottawatomie County Undersheriff Travis Palmer said, so it's just a matter of time before he is tracked down.

Palmer said they believe a stolen vehicle reported overnight from the Westech Road area was taken by the Porter. It was found abandoned in Lincoln County on Friday, so authorities believe Porter got a ride from there.

As the investigation into this case continued Friday, with three horse and more than 20 stolen goats and sheep recovered in this trailer and stolen livestock case, Palmer said the first suspect who was captured late Thursday night cooperated with deputies, which led to the recovery of even more stolen goods.

Michael Demaro, 42, was sought in the initial manhunt and was apprehended just after 11:30 p.m. Thursday in an area along Bethel Road, not far from the original manhunt search area at U.S. 177 and Westech Road.

Palmer said Demaro led deputies to an area where they recovered a stolen pickup and trailer that the goats were in when it was taken from Langston University on June 29. That setup had a value of about $17,000 for the truck and trailer, along with the value of about $4,000 for the recovered goats, Palmer said. The original trailer recovery that launched the manhunt had a value of $10,000, plus another $15,000 for the stolen three horses that were recovered.

With all the thefts and stolen livestock involved, Palmer said the Department of Agriculture also is involved in this case.

Thursday's manhunt began about 4:30 p.m in the area near U.S. 177 and Westech Road and initially involved Demaro and Porter who were discovered with a stolen stock trailer with three bucking horses that was reported stolen out of Guthrie earlier that day.

That theft was put out on Facebook, he said, and Thursday afternoon, in an area north of Interstate 40 on U.S. 177, a friend of the owner saw that stock trailer with two people stopped at a gas station for fuel.

That man confronted the two suspects with a gun, Palmer said, and the suspects took off running — one running east and one going west.

In addition to finding the three stolen bucking horses in that trailer, Palmer said deputies found the 20 head of sheep and goats, and those all were confirmed stolen from Langston University.

Michael Demaro and Porter were on camera at the station, which helped authorities identify them.

Numerous law enforcement agencies joined the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's deputies in the manhunt Thursday night, including the Oklahoma Highway Patrol helicopter, tribal police, Tecumseh and Maud police, as well as Shawnee police.

Deputies conducted the formal manhunt for several hours, but it was officially called off just before 10 p.m., although deputies planned to patrol the general area, with Demaro in custody by 11:30 p.m. along Bethel Road.

The goats and sheep were stolen on Friday, June 29, Palmer said, so it was unknown how they were cared for between that day and their rescue near Shawnee on Thursday, but they are now back at Langston University.

Officials from the Shawnee Expo Center assisted in caring for the horse Thursday, including providing water buckets at the scene. The other livestock was taken to the Expo Center for holding overnight so they could be fed and watered, Palmer said, adding that deputies appreciate the Expo Center's assistance.

Anyone with information on Porter should call police.

Formal charges have not been filed.