Mississippi prison says two inmates escaped overnight, search for them underway

Published 7:34 am Saturday, January 4, 2020

The Mississippi Department of Corrections reported early Saturday the apparent escape of two inmates from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

David May, 42, and Dillion Williams, 27, were discovered missing during an emergency count about 1:45 a.m. Saturday, MDOC officials reported.

May is serving life for two aggravated assault convictions in Harrison County, and Williams is serving 40 years for residential burglary and aggravated assault in Marshall County.

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Their escape comes after violent riots have put all state prisons on lockdown. Five inmates have been killed, others injured in fights over the last week.

The MDOC search teams, with assistance from state and local law enforcement, are searching for the men.

May, MDOC #55271, and Williams, MDOC #163974, are both black males of medium build with brown eyes and black hair.

May is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 171 pounds, with a medium complexion.

Williams is 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 175 pounds with a light brown complexion.

Anyone with information about May and Williams or know of their whereabouts should contact the MDOC at 662-745-6611 or the nearest law enforcement agency.