By Joel McNeece
Calhoun County Journal
BRUCE — A man who escaped from an MDOC work detail last November remains on the loose after leading authorities on a chase through the New Liberty area last week.
Khristopher Box, 32, originally escaped from a Mississippi Department of Corrections prisoner work site near Jackson last November. He had not been found until he was pulled over in Mathiston about 12:30 a.m. April 2 , but escaped on foot after police spotted a portable meth lab in his vehicle.
Calhoun officials were notified April 2 that he may have been dropped off at Ward’s Short Stop in Vardaman.
Vardaman Police Chief Kenny Scott was dispatched around 3 p.m. last Wednesday and stopped a man on foot near Jim Blue’s house on Hwy. 8 west of Vardaman.
Scott said he had a brief conversation with the suspect, who said he was going to Grenada. Scott and Calhoun County Sheriff Greg Pollan both said the description Calhoun County was given by state and Webster County authorities didn’t match the appearance of the suspect stopped by Scott, but when Scott attempted to take him into custody to be certain, Box fled on foot into some nearby woods.
Pollan said Box’s hair is more grey than the MDOC picture that accompanies this article and he is extremely thin.
Eight different agencies converged on the area around CR 428 and 433 west of Vardaman, and conducted a search well into the early-morning hours April 3. Thermal imaging cameras were used to try and locate him as well as Justin Wade’s airplane.
As of Tuesday, Box still remained on the loose. The last time he was spotted was around 7 p.m. April 2 on the late Howard Morgan’s property.
Pollan said Box was never considered to be armed or dangerous, but was highly sought after by state officials.
“We received info Saturday from another agency that he is out of our area, possibly around Jackson,” Pollan said Tuesday morning. “We haven’t received any updates since from MDOC.”
Editor’s Note: Webster County Jail records show that an 18-year-old male and a 32-year-old female were booked into the jail between 12:45 and 1 a.m. April 2 to be held for questioning for the Mathiston Police Department. They were released the night of April 3 with no charges filed per Mathiston Police Chief Roger Miller, the arrest docket indicates.
According to unconfirmed law enforcement reports, the two were passengers in the vehicle with Box. A message left for Miller was not returned as of press time.