UPDATE: Search in Blaine fails to find homicide suspect

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BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — An intensive daylong search in Blaine has failed to find a man accused of killing his ex-boyfriend last month.

Law officers returned to the Anoka County-Blaine Airport Tuesday but found no sign of Lyle “Ty” Hoffman.

Blaine Police Chief Chris Olson says the search was prompted by an officer’s early-morning spotting of a man near the airport who may have resembled Hoffman.

The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1w3mFKF ) reports the tip came after a bank robbery in Blaine Sunday committed by a man who looked like Hoffman.

Hoffman is wanted in the Aug. 11 shooting death of his former romantic and business partner Kelly Phillips, a Mason City native, at an Arden Hills gas station.

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FROM EARLIER:

BLAINE, Minn. – There’s another possible sighting of the man wanted in a fatal shooting.

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office says they received a report early Tuesday morning that Lyle Marvin “Ty” Hoffman may be in the area of the Anoka County Airport.  The area is being searched by multiple agencies and SWAT teams from the Twin Cities metro area.

Authorities say Hoffman may still be in the vicinity of the airport and is considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information on his location is urged to call 9-1-1.

Hoffman is a suspect in a bank robbery this past weekend and the killing of Mason City native Kelly Phillips on August 11.

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