UPDATED 11 p.m. | A Dixon Correctional Institute inmate escaped from the prison Tuesday at about 6:30 p.m., said Jimmy LeBlanc, secretary of the State Department of Public Safety and Corrections.
Jeremiah Benoit, 33, was spotted in the woods between the prison and Thompson Creek, an official said, but he had not been apprehended by press time.
Search teams found Benoit’s white jumpsuit and were closing in on his location late Tuesday, said Pam Laborde, Department of Public Safety and Corrections communications director.
Jackson police and East Feliciana Parish sheriff’s deputies were posted at strategic locations around the prison to monitor roads and trails in the area, while West Feliciana Parish sheriff’s deputies took up posts on the west side of Thompson Creek.
Laborde said she did not know how Benoit escaped. Benoit was serving time for aggravated burglary, escape, and second-degree kidnapping at the prison in Jackson, Laborde said.
Benoit is a white male, 6 feet tall and weighs 140 pounds. He has green eyes and tattoos on both arms, Laborde said.