LEAKESVILLE -- An inmate who escaped the South Mississippi Correctional Institution Tuesday was captured without incident shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday near the Greene County prison.
Inmate Matthew Chester Tucker has been returned to the prison and will face an escape charge.
"Our officers worked tirelessly with the help of citizens until this offender was back in custody," Commissioner Christopher B. Epps said. "We are thankful that we were able to capture him so quickly."
Tucker, 35, had not been seen since Tuesday morning before lunch. He was discovered missing about 11:20 a.m. while on a work detail on the blueberry farm on SMCI grounds.
Tucker was still wearing his state-issued green and white striped pants with a white T-shirt when officers with SMCI K-9 and the Corrections Investigation Division captured him at 6:05 p.m. inside brush on Old Avera Road.
Tucker is serving a 10-year sentence for kidnapping of a minor from Coahoma County.
Other SMCI officers assisted in the fugitive investigation as well as the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Greene County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi National Guard, Leakesville Police Department, K-9 from Angola and Atwood, La., the Emergency Operation Center at SMCI and American Red Cross.