Several of Mississippi’s Most Wanted now in custody

Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell discusses Mississippi's Most Wanted List

JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - After announcing 10 of Mississippi’s Most Wanted last week, several of those suspects are now in custody, say state officials.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said Thursday that five of the suspects who were on the list have been arrested. The list included ten of the state’s most wanted fugitives, with crimes ranging from murder to child molestation.

After announcing 10 of Mississippi’s Most Wanted last week, several of those suspects are now in custody, say state officials.
After announcing 10 of Mississippi’s Most Wanted last week, several of those suspects are now in custody, say state officials. (Source: MS Dept. of Public Safety)

The suspects who are now in custody include the following:

  • Allan D. Henderson
  • Oscar C. McNeil
  • Kevin D. Cope Jr.
  • Jessie Dennis Jr.
  • Burnell E. McCann

Scroll down to read more on how each suspect was taken into custody.


Allan D. Henderson
Allan D. Henderson (Source: MS Dept. of Public Safety)

On Friday, January 8, 2021, Mississippi Crime Stoppers received anonymous tips from the public regarding Allan D. Henderson. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the US Marshal Service Task Force apprehended Henderson without incident in the Jackson area. Henderson is being held at the Madison County Correctional Facility pending being taken into custody by the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Henderson was wanted by MDOC for absconding supervision. He had been granted earned time release by MDOC in 2016 and had not reported to his probation officer since February of 2019. Henderson was previously convicted of Manslaughter after he strangled his girlfriend to death and left her body outside a daycare in Pearl, MS. Henderson was also convicted of Child Abandonment after he left his deceased girlfriend’s nine month old child with her deceased body and fled the scene.

Oscar McNeil
Oscar McNeil (Source: MS Dept. of Public Safety)

On Sunday, January 10, 2021, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation received information that Oscar C. McNeil turned himself in to Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace after being listed on Mississippi’s Most Wanted. McNeal was wanted by MBI and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department for Aggravated Assault and Armed Robbery.

Kevin D. Cope Jr.
Kevin D. Cope Jr. (Source: MS Dept. of Public Safety)

On Sunday, January 10, 2021, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation received information that Kevin D. Cope Jr. was arrested by the Clinton Police Department and is now being held in the Amite County Jail. Cope was wanted by MBI and the Amite County Jail for two counts of Child Fondling.

Jessie Dennis Jr.
Jessie Dennis Jr. (Source: MS Dept. of Public Safety)

On Monday, January 11, 2021, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation received information that Jessie Dennis Jr. was in custody and being held in the Leflore County Jail. Dennis was wanted by MBI and the Grenada County Sheriff’s Office for Rape.

Burnell E. McCann
Burnell E. McCann (Source: MS Dept. of Public Safety)

On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation received information from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department that Burnell E. McCann was in custody and being held in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center located in Louisiana. McCann was wanted by MBI and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.


“The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is proud to announce the establishment of the Mississippi’s Most Wanted List,” said Lieutenant Colonel Lee Morrison, Director of MBI. “The immediate success of the program is truly a collaborative effort between the citizens of this state and law enforcement. The apprehension of these dangerous individuals is a prime example of how the phrase “See Something, Say Something” plays a vital role in protecting our communities.”

If you have information regarding Mississippi’s Most Wanted, please contact Mississippi Crime Stoppers at 1-888-8CRIMES (1-888-827-4637).

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