Intense manhunt ends after convicted killer Michael Wilson is captured


After three days of running from police, Michael Floyd Wilson, 47, has been caught and taken into police custody around 6 p.m in the St. Martin area, according to Sheriff Mike Ezell. Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) estimated the search lasted 53 hours.

MDOC Investigator Sean Smith says he was caught in a neighborhood traveling on foot and is being returned to the MDOC facility. Wilson was caught without incident.

U.S. Marshals and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department made the arrest, according to Jackson County officials.

This comes days after multiple law enforcement agencies across South Mississippi participated in the intense manhunt in search for Wilson. Investigator Smith says more than 50 officers have joined in the search for the escaped prisoner.

MDOC Commissioner Pelicia E. Hall credited participating law enforcement officers in the search and apprehension of Wilson.

“I commend all MDOC officers and thank all of the other state, federal, county, and local law enforcement agencies for their work and diligence in bringing this situation to a successful resolution,” Commissioner Hall said. “It was a joint effort to get a dangerous felon back into custody without anyone getting hurt.”

Officials say Wilson was discovered missing at 12:48 pm after he climbed a fence and escaped from the South Mississippi Correctional Facility in Leakesville Thursday afternoon.

Wilson is currently serving two life terms after being convicted of two separate murders in Harrison County.

Officers followed up on more than 100 tips before finally catching Wilson.

We will update the story as soon as new details become available.

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