DOC updates info on escapee search

Here is the unedited text of a press release issued at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday by DOC spokeswoman Shea Wilson:

The Arkansas Department of Correction is continuing efforts today in the area of Princeton Pike near the prison grounds to locate Timothy Buffington.

Our preliminary investigation shows:

Buffington broke into a safe room at house located on prison grounds at the Pine Bluff Complex and obtained a shot gun. The door was deadbolted and Buffington managed to kick the door frame out to gain access. Buffington was doing yard/janitorial work at the house.

He confronted a woman who lives at the residence and attempted to get her to drive him off prison grounds. She managed to get away from him and run to Randall Williams Correctional Facility for help.

Video surveillance shows that Buffington obtained a camouflage hat and clothing. He may or may not be wearing these items.

ADC continues to focus on public safety and capturing Buffington and will conduct a full investigation on the issues surrounding his escape when he is back in custody.

Background from Saturday, June 21:

Timothy Buffington, ADC #114994, a trusty inmate assigned to the Pine Bluff Unit, left his work assignment earlier this evening and is being searched for in the area of Princeton Pike in Pine Bluff.

Buffington is a 47-year-old white male serving a 240 month sentence for first degree murder out of Logan County.

He should be considered armed and dangerous.

He is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 182 pounds.