A man serving time for two slayings in Harrison County escaped from prison and convinced an elderly woman to give him a ride to Lucedale, officials said.
He told her he needed to get to a hospital to see his wife, officials said.
Michael Floyd Wilson, 47, was believed to be heading south toward Jackson County on Thursday evening after he got a ride from a second person, George County Sheriff Keith Havard said.
About 7:30 p.m., D'Iberville police said he was believed to be in the city after being tracked to Ocean Springs.
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Known as “Pretty Boy Floyd,” Wilson was convicted on two counts of murder in 2015 for beating two men to death in 2014. Wilson has a criminal background in addition to convictions in the killings of Carmen Dale Edwards in Biloxi and Kenneth Gibson in Gulfport.
Wilson was noticed missing from the South Mississippi Correctional Institute in Leakesville about 12:48 p.m. Thursday, according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
He was later seen in Lucedale, where a woman dropped him off near Walmart.
"He gave the woman a sob story and then did the same when he got a second ride," Havard said.
The sheriff said he has alerted officials in Jackson County.
George County investigators questioned the woman and were questioning the second driver Thursday night, Havard said.
Wilson looks different than his current mugshot, Havard said. His hair is longer and curly and he may have an injury to the upper part of his body. It's unclear if the injury occurred during his escape.
He had taken off his inmate uniform was wearing camouflage clothes when he reached Lucedale, the sheriff said.
Wilson is 5-feet-11, weighs 160 pounds and has hazel eyes.
To give a tip, call the George County Sheriff's Department at 601-947-4811, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department at 228-769-3063 or your nearest law enforcement agency. Or you can call MDOC at 662-745-6611 or Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.
Wilson is not believed to be armed, but officials said he should be considered dangerous.
At his sentencing in September 2015, Wilson confessed to fatally beating two men within the same week in January 2014. He also stole his victims' trucks.
He admitted beating Edwards in the head with a glass ash tray at Edwards' home at Maison D'Orleans apartments in Biloxi, District Attorney Joel Smith said. Edwards was 63.
Wilson confessed to beating Gibson in the head with a hammer at Gibson's home on Joseph Street in Gulfport, Smith said. Gibson was 76.
Biloxi police at the time told the Sun Herald that Wilson was "a man desperate for drugs," who had recently gotten out of jail and was staying at different places, and looking for money for drugs and taking his victims' vehicles.
The day before his arrest in Jackson County, a woman reported he had tried to rape her and stole her car while she was at a Taco Bell in Biloxi. The woman said he threatened her with a screwdriver.
Wilson had already been convicted of taking a car in Jackson County.
Soon after his capture, his past caught up with him. A Harrison County judge sentenced him to 17 years in prison for being a felon with a firearm and for committing a burglary. A few months later, a Jackson County judge sentenced him to 18 years for burglarizing an unoccupied residence.
Circuit Judge Larry Bourgeois sentenced Wilson to two terms of life in prison in September 2015.
Wilson was not prosecuted on pending charges such as attempted sexual battery, carjacking and taking a motor vehicle. Those charges were passed to court files.