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Search continues for man wanted in rest stop murder

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Terence Doddy / photo from Illinois State Police Terence Doddy / photo from Illinois State Police
Authorities say Doddy may be driving a gray 2013 Nissan Altima with license plates BERGMN 2. / photo from State Police Authorities say Doddy may be driving a gray 2013 Nissan Altima with license plates BERGMN 2. / photo from State Police
Authorities believe Doddy is traveling with a blue, dome-style camping tent. / photo from State Police. Authorities believe Doddy is traveling with a blue, dome-style camping tent. / photo from State Police.
Authorities released this recent surveillance photo of Terence Doddy leaving a Rockford-area store. / photo from State Police Authorities released this recent surveillance photo of Terence Doddy leaving a Rockford-area store. / photo from State Police
ROCKFORD, Ill. (FOX 32 News) -

The search continued Friday morning for a man wanted for a murder in Rockford and considered a “person of interest” in a murder Tuesday at a rural interstate rest stop. Thursday, authorities released new photos of the suspect.

"It's kind of frightening because if they haven't caught the guy, you don't know where he at," said Frankie Nelson who is traveling to Mississippi.

Terence Doddy, 36, of Rockford is wanted for the murder of Todd Hansmeier, whose body was found by firefighters responding to a fire Monday on Alpine Road in Rockford, according to Illinois State Police.

The arrest warrant, charging three counts of murder, carries a $1 million bond, authorities said.

On Wednesday, state police named Doddy a “person of interest” in the death of a woman Tuesday at an I-39 rest stop in Paw Paw (about 20 miles west of Aurora).

About 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, an attendant at the Willow Creek Rest Stop found an unresponsive woman, police said. She was later identified as Tonya D. Bargman, 44, of downstate Monticello.

Surveillance video shows her exiting the restroom and a man attacking her, police said.

Doddy was seen driving away in the woman’s vehicle, a gray 2013 Nissan Altima with license plates BARGMN 2, state police said. A car stolen in the Rockford murder was found abandoned on I-39, authorities said.

"If they know there's a killer out here, they need to have more police in the rest areas wherever you stop because who knows, killer could be hiding in the stalls in the washroom," said Herman Owens Jr. who is traveling to Mississippi.

State police are urging the public to take “necessary safety precautions” when visiting rest stops.

"I would consider Mr. Doddy dangerous, and if he is located or if any citizen was to see that vehicle, don't approach him, don't approach the vehicle and get to a place of safety and call the police," said Deputy Chief of the Rockford Police Dave Hopkins.

"I am always aware of my family safety, it's important to me so whatever we come into a rest area I am always very aware of who's around me, who's there, where my children and my wife are," said Michigan traveler Scott Dingman.

"It's frightening. If they have not caught the guy, you don't know where he is," another traveler told FOX 32's Joanie Lum.

Anyone with information about Doddy’s whereabouts should call 911 or state police at (815) 632-4010.

With so many Americans hitting the road this weekend for the Fourth of July holiday, officials are reminding people to be safe when making stops at rest stops.

AAA offers these tips for motorists concerned about their safety at rest areas and truck stops:

- Avoid being the only person at a rest area.

- Park in well-lit spaces near the facilities.

- If you see someone suspicious, wait until the person has left or drive to another location.

- Keep your keys in your hands as you walk to your car. That way, you can quickly enter and lock your car.

- If you're approached by someone seeking help or information while you're in your car, keep the doors locked and crack your window to talk with them. Offer to call help for them, but do not get out of your car.

- If someone confronts or grabs you, react loudly and fight back. Make a scene.

FOX 32's Joanie Lum and the Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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