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Police enlist help of Skycopter in Rankin Co. manhunt

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Terrell Jenkins (Source: Rankin County Sheriff's Department) Terrell Jenkins (Source: Rankin County Sheriff's Department)
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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Rankin County authorities continue to search for a man they say ran from a traffic stop Wednesday around 11 a.m.

Police enlisted the help of Skycopter Thursday afternoon in their search.

Authorities say they got a tip that 35-year-old Terrell Jenkins was at a church on Highway 469. He reportedly got away before officers arrived, and the search was called off.

Jenkins is wanted in connection with stealing a truck in Simpson County. The manhunt started Wednesday morning and continued into Wednesday night.

Investigators said Jenkins refused to pull over for a traffic stop Wednesday morning and then led law officers on a chase. He entered the Cedar Ridge subdivision then bailed out of the truck and ran into the woods.

The search was conducted in nearly 100 degree temperatures in the area near the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.

Sheriff Bryan Bailey said a citizen spotted Jenkins just over a mile from the command center at Monterey Fire Station #3, but after surrounding the area and a thorough search, the suspect could not be found.

"One of the chief deputies was able to get him on the phone and try to talk him into turning himself in. He pretty much lied to us and told us he was at a bus station in Jackson and the Marshal's Task Force, the marshal went over and checked the bus station just to be sure, but he just wouldn't turn himself in. He did say he made a stupid mistake by running," said Sheriff Bailey.

The sheriff said Jenkins is not armed.

We are told Jenkins lives on East Petros Road off Highway 469 in the area where the search is being conducted.

Jenkins is 6' tall and 180 pounds.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol, U.S. Marshals and the Rankin County Sheriff's Department have been involved int he search.

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