GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A George County man wanted for owing nearly $100,000 in unpaid child support turned himself in Monday morning. Jerry Devon Miniard, 35, walked into the George County Sheriff's Office around 10am and surrendered to authorities.
Miniard's wanted status was recently featured on WLOX.com and the local newspapers. Sheriff Dean Howell believes that media attention had a great deal to do with his decision to surrender.
"Without the active support of the community, we may not have caught him this quickly," said Detective Ben Brown, who headed up the search for Miniard. "Citizens calling in Crime Stopper tips having seen or providing information on his whereabouts, and even the social media, provided us information and we were closing in on him. We believe the pressure of all this convinced him he had no place else to hide."
Miniard was taken to the George County Regional Jail where he was awaiting an initial court appearance.