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From Staff Reports
The manhunt or a state inmate that escaped from a garbage truck work detail on Tuesday, ended early Wednesday afternoon when he was apprehended not far from where he went missing.
Escaped state inmate Corey Lee Alred was taken back into custody after around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to state prison officials. He was detained without incident in the vicinity of Wendell Road off Mississippi Highway 42 in Perry County.
Mississippi Department of Corrections personnel, along with local and state police, had been searching for Alred for approximately 24 hours after he escaped while working on a Greene County Waste System collection truck in Perry County. The inmate was reportedly a passenger on a garbage truck that had made a run to the Pine Belt Regional Landfill in Runnelstown.
MDOC said Alred escaped around 2 p.m. Unconfirmed reports are that Alred fled into a wooded area alongside Hwy. 42 between Richton and Runnelstown, near Buck Creek, when the garbage truck made an unscheduled stop.
Alred, 39, was dressed in his MDOC green and white uniform when last seen. It is unclear if he was still wearing prison-issued clothes when captured.
Alred is serving a total of nine years for burglary larceny/of an unoccupied dwelling in Panola County, embezzlement in Tate County, and residential burglary in Tallahatchie County. He faces an escape charge that carries an additional five years in prison upon conviction.
“I commend everyone involved in this manhunt,” Commissioner Pelicia E. Hall said. “We greatly appreciate the help we received on the local, county, state, and federal levels from other law enforcement officers and the public. This capture has ended the way we hope all escapes would end. We are very thankful that no one was hurt.”
The MDOC has an active ongoing investigation of the escape.