Manhunt underway for escaped inmate in Jones County

Manhunt underway for escaped inmate in Jones County
Manueal Garcia reportedly escaped from the Jones County Jail on Friday afternoon. (Source: Jones County Jail)

JONES COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - Authorities are looking for an inmate who escaped from the Jones County Jail on Friday afternoon.

Maj. Jamie Tedford, with the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, said 26-year-old Manueal Garcia escaped from deputies through an open door around 3 p.m. after being transported back to the jail following his initial appearance in Jones County Justice Court.

Tedford said deputies are actively searching for Garcia in the area around the jail. Garcia was last seen barefoot and wearing a black and white Jones County inmate jumpsuit but could be trying to find new clothes to change into, Tedford said.

Deputies believe Garcia could be hiding in the woods in the area between Interstate 59, U.S. Highway 11 and Paulding Road. Ellisville police and Mississippi Highway Patrol are assisting Jones County deputies and K-9 officers in the search.

Officials are asking the public to be on the lookout for Garcia and to report any sightings by calling 911.

According to online records, Garcia was booked into the Jones County Jail around 2:30 a.m. Friday on charges of introduction of contraband into a correctional facility, possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, felony fleeing in a motor vehicle and resisting arrest, among other misdemeanor charges. Jail records show his bond was set at $50,000 during his initial court appearance.

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