Posted: Jul 28, 2012 1:44 PM by KOMU Staff
Updated: Jul 28, 2012 3:44 PM
GREENFIELD - The Dade County Sheriff's Department told KOMU 8 News 23-year-old William Korry Smith has been captured after combined efforts with several law enforcement agencies. This follows days of searching for Smith after he broke out of the Dade County Jail Monday by faking an emergency and overpowering a jailer.
The Dade County Sheriff's Department said it would not release further information until Monday, when Sheriff Steven Stapp is availble to comment. They did, however, say a tip led authorities to finding Smith Friday afternoon.
According to KYTV, the Lockwood police chief and her dog tracked down and captured William Smith in a farm field near Greenfield on Friday afternoon. Smith's brother and two other people are now in jail on charges of harboring a fugitive and running a meth lab in the trailer. Smithis currently incarcerated in Vernon County.
Smith was nearly captured Wednesday when authorities found him at a home with a meth lab Wednesday night. However, he jumped out a window and ran into the woods to evade police.
The sheriff's department said Smith may have had help with the escape. Officials found a cellphone that appears to have been smuggled into the jail and showed recent communication between Smith and a woman just before the escape.
The jail is located in Greenfield, about 60 miles northwest of Springfield. Smith was originially being held on suspicion of theft, unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting arrest.
KOMU 8 News will continue to update the story as information becomes available.