Northshore authorities help in search for Miss. escaped inmate

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Posted on July 1, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
Email: arodrigue@wwltv.com | Twitter: @ashleyrwwl

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. -- The escape trail begins along three fences outside of the Hancock County Jail exercise yard in Mississippi.

Inmate clothing, shower shoes and blood stains show the struggle Montrell McPherson and Perry Thomas went through to break free Sunday night.

Authorities say McPherson was found shortly in the nearby woods, bleeding badly and naked. Thomas, however, is still on the run, and several agencies, including those on the Northshore, are helping with the hunt.

"Our operation division, patrol division and investigators have been canvassing the area along with the U.S. Marshal's Service and Slidell Police," St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Brian Trainor said.

"We wanted all the help we could get, and they have provided and been excellent to us," said Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam.

Adam said Thomas, from Waveland, was arrested after a chase Saturday night for missing court on a sexual battery of a minor charge. Twenty-four hours later, Thomas had a network of three women ready to pick him up after the escape, bring him to Pearlington, then across the state line into the Slidell area and beyond, he said.

All three of those woman are now in custody in connection with the escape. The search area now extends from Biloxi all the way into New Orleans and authorities are warning anyone helping Thomas get any further will be arrested just like the other three.

"End of story," Adam said. "Doesn't matter if they're mother, father, uncle brother, if they help him, we're gonna put them here."

It's an effort authorities believe Thomas, and his helpers, will give up on before law enforcement does.

If you have any information about Thomas’ whereabouts, or anyone helping him stay hidden, call the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office at 228-466-6910.

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