Authorities are currently searching for a Tucker prison escapee Curtis Reese. (Photo: ADC)
TUCKER, Ark. (KTHV) - Authorities are on day three of their search for an escaped murderer from Tucker Unit.
Curtis Reese, Jr. escaped from the facility on Monday with another inmate, James B. Ryan. Shea Wilson with the Arkansas Dept. of Correction said the two were working in the prison farm, refurbishing an Arkansas Forestry Commission tanker truck when they escaped. They apparently hid inside the truck and left the facility with the truck. The duo then jumped out of the truck along Highway 15, northwest of the prison.
Ryan, 40, was caught in nearby Ferda a short time later and taken back into custody. He was serving a 30-year-sentence for a murder out of Pulaski County.
Reese, who was sentenced to 40 years for a murder that happened in Saline County, has not been caught. Officers have worked all hours of the day and night since Monday afternoon to find traces of him. K9 officers, helicopters, ATVs, and officers on horseback are all being used to locate Reese.
Officers have conducted checkpoints along Highway 15 to search vehicles in the area for any clues in the case.
The search for the 33-year-old has focused in Lonoke and Jefferson counties, between Tucker and England. He is a white man, standing about 5'8", weight approximately 175 pounds, and has multiple tattoos. Those tattoos include swords, crosses, and swastikas.Wilson reminds everyone in the area to be extra cautious while Reese is still on the loose and encourages people to report any information on this case to authorities immediately.