Search for escaped inmate continuing


Department of Correction personnel are continuing to maintain a perimeter in the area where convicted murderer Curtis Dewain Reese Jr., 33, was last seen after escaping from the Maximum Security Unit at Tucker Prison Monday.

Department spokeswoman Shea Wilson said correctional personnel are going back through the areas they had searched before “just to be sure we didn’t miss anything.”

Reese, who was serving a 40-year sentence, escaped with another inmate in a water tank atop an 18-wheeler tractor trailer and jumped off in the Ferda area.

The other inmate, James B. Ryan, was taken back into custody a short time later after injuring himself when he jumped off the truck.

Authorities are also talking to friends and family of Reese, who was convicted in Saline County, as well as checking persons who visited him in prison.

Reese is a white male, about 176 pounds with green eyes, and according to the DOC website, has several tattoos including swastikas, tribal art, skulls, swords and crosses. He also has a scar on his front left arm.

Anyone with information about Reese should contact their nearest law enforcement agency.