Parchman’s escaped murderer Michael Dowda captured in Macon, Ga.

Michael Dowda

The Mississippi Link Newswire

Mississippi State Penitentiary inmate Michael Dowda, who had escaped Saturday while on a maintenance work detail, has been captured in the early morning hours in Macon, Ga., according to a press release from the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Through investigations by the MDOC-Corrections Investigation Division and United States Marshal’s Service in Mississippi and Georgia, Dowda was captured in Macon at approximately 12:30 a.m. today by officers with the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Georgia.

Michael Dowda

Dowda, 48, faces extradition to Mississippi and multiple charges including escape.

He was serving a life sentence after being convicted for a Harrison County murder in 1998.

Dowda was considered armed and dangerous after he allegedly burglarized the home of an MDOC employee and stole two handguns from a safe before fleeing in the same employee’s white 2005 Chevrolet Silverado truck.

He was discovered missing while on a maintenance work detail on prison grounds around 3 p.m. He was last seen at Parchman wearing MDOC state-issued green and white striped pants with a white MDOC shirt.

There is no record of any previous escape attempt by Dowda from any MDOC facility, though he did escape from a Harrison County facility before being recaptured.

The investigation into the details of his latest escape is ongoing.

The prison, closed to visitors on Sunday, is no longer on lockdown.

The last escape at Parchman occurred on April 7, 2008. Inmate John Compton went missing during farming operations and was captured five days later by Tyler, Texas Police Department.

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