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    • Authorities are currently searching for a Tucker prison escapee Curtis Reese. (Photo: ADC)
    • Authorities searching vehicles along Hwy 15 & Ball Park Rd. (Photo: Max Seigle, KTHV)
    • Authorities searching vehicles along Hwy 15 & Ball Park Rd. (Photo: Max Seigle, KTHV)
    • Authorities searching vehicles along Hwy 15 & Ball Park Rd. (Photo: Max Seigle, KTHV)
    • Tucker resident Fred Norris kept an eye out Monday night for prison escapee Curtis Reese, Jr. (Photo: Daniel Wilkerson/Today's THV)

    TUCKER, Ark. (KTHV) - Authorities are still searching Tuesday for a Tucker prison escapee.

    Shea Wilson with the Arkansas Department of Correction says 33-year-old Curtis Reese, Jr. escaped from the Tucker Unit around 1:30 p.m. Monday. He's described to be 176 lbs. with green eyes.

    Wilson says Reese is serving a 40-year sentence for first degree murder out of Saline County.

    ADC, Arkansas State Police, and other law enforcement agencies are searching for Reese. Wilson says Reese and another inmate, James B. Ryan, escaped together during work duty.

    Authorities tell Today's THV that Ryan and Reese were working in the prison bus barn, refurbishing an Arkansas Forestry Commission tanker truck.  They got into that truck, hid inside, and were carried away when the truck left.  Wilson said the two later jumped from the truck while it was on Highway 15, northwest of the prison.

    Ryan was found in the Ferda area Monday and is back in custody. He was serving a 30-year sentence for first degree murder out of Pulaski County.

    ADC K-9 units are assisting in the search, as well as a helicopter supplied by the Arkansas State Police. Officers are using horses to patrol the area and set up checkpoints along Highway 15 in the area, where they stopped and searched vehicles for any clues in Reese's whereabouts.

    Wilson says everyone in the Tucker area should be extremely cautious.

    "He is someone who society deemed should not be on the streets and people should exercise that precaution." Wilson said. "If you see him you need to call your local law enforcement agency."

    The Dept. of Correction website shows Reese has multiple tattoos, including a cross, a sword, swastikas, and skulls. It also shows he was sentenced in Nov. 1998 for first degree murder.

    The Log Cabin Democrat has an Associated Press report from 1997 which details the murders Reese was found guilty of being a part of. It says Reese, then a teen, and another teenager shot two victims in the head in Saline County.

    All day Tuesday, authorities searched the same area, between Tucker and England. They encourage everyone in that area to use extreme caution and report any information they may have about this case.

    THV's Daniel Wilkerson will continue following this story throughout the day. Look for updates on THV, todaysthv.com, and the THV twitter account.

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