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Update: Woman captured after escaping jail by trading places with inmate

A woman who escaped from jail by switching places with a detainee due for release has been arrested after deputies received an anonymous tip, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said.

Tiffanie Ann Miller, 33, was free for about 18 hours before she was captured Tuesday in Ocean Springs, Ezell said.

Miller was being held at the Jackson County jail on felony charges of shoplifting and neglect of a vulnerable adult.

Tenia Stork, 31, was being released from jail on a court order about 8 p.m. Monday. She had been held on a contempt charge, Ezell said.

Miller swapped places with Stork, and was arrested about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Ezell said Miller was hiding in a home in the 8500 block of Edgewater Boulevard in Gulf Park Estates.

Ezell said the ruse happened when a guard called Stork’s name and Miller answered, he said. Miller changed into Stork’s street clothes and walked out of jail.

Surveillance video shows the women had been sitting together and they appeared to be hugging goodbye when Stork’s name was called for release, Ezell said.

Stork now faces a charge of aiding in the escape of a felon.

Miller faces an escape charge.

Ezell said Miller’s name had been listed as wanted on the National Crime Information Center computer database.

Jail procedures will be reviewed to see if changes should be made, he said.

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