4 out of 5 Pike County Escapees Captured
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Updated @ 2 p.m. —
BOWLING GREEN, Mo. (KMOX) – Four of the five Pike County Detention Center inmate escapees are back in custody.
Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte said 49-year-old Joseph Verive was captured walking along Pike 411 around 11:43 a.m. Monday. He told authorities he had not eaten since the escape 2 days ago and wanted to return to jail.
Three other escapees from the Missouri town of Louisiana were arrested around 2 a.m. Monday. They are 22-year-old Jacob A. Darnell, 25-year-old Jason A. Darnell and 27-year-old Emanuel G. Chatman. Police found them panhandling outside a convenience store in Midwest City, Oklahoma.
Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte confirmed the arrests early this morning.
“I would rather have five but it’s good to have them in custody,” Korte said. “It’s just good for people’s peace of mind, more than anything else.”
Only one escaped inmate remains at large. He is 40-year-old William John Thomas Wilkerson Jr. of Florissant. Wilkerson was held for failing to appear in court for allegedly stealing anhydrous ammonia.
Authorities say an inmate’s family member called the sheriff’s office Saturday night to report an escape. A check of the jail revealed that the inmates were missing.
Authorities determined that the escapees had removed a stainless steel shower head controller. They then gained access to a service area and exited the building in Bowling Green, which is 70 miles northwest of St. Louis.
Anyone with information on Wilkerson is asked to call the Pike County Sheriff’s Office at 573-324-3202.