Search for jail escapee in Franklin Co called off, for now -

Search for jail escapee in Franklin Co called off, for now

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Jason Mills (Source: Madison County Sheriff's Department) Jason Mills (Source: Madison County Sheriff's Department)

UNION, Mo. ( / KFVS) – Schools in the Union R-XI district were on lockout after an escaped convict was spotted in the area Friday.

The same school district was on a lockout on Tuesday, March 15 after Mills was spotted in St. Clair in the Crescent Lake area.

School district officials said they operate under a lockout procedure daily, but Friday they were more aware of the situation and were in close contact with authorities. The students were inside the buildings going about their daily schedules as usual. 

Officials told News 4 there were at least two more sightings of Jason Mills, who escaped from custody in Madison County, Missouri. However, the search was called off for the day Friday evening.

Mills spotted earlier in week

Mills was spotted on Monday by a former Franklin County Deputy near the intersection of Highway 47 and north Highway 50.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the vehicle Mills was driving was stolen from the highway department.

A little while later, a Franklin County deputy spotted the truck traveling south on Highway 185 from Sullivan. 

Washington County deputies were contacted to put out spike strips near Highway K and Highway 185.

When the suspect approached the spikes a deputy put his lights on.

The suspect went across the spikes, drove a short distance and crashed into a tree. Mills then got away on foot.

Investigators are using a canine unit to search for the man. However, weather conditions hampered the search.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office expects Mills to try to steal a second vehicle in the area. Residents are asked to report any suspicious activity.

Tuesday, the 39-year-old was reportedly spotted in St. Clair in the Crescent Lake area. He was described as wearing ripped, red plaid pants; black tennis shoes; green and blue plaid shirt and no hat. His hair was described as being so short he appeared bald.

Two inmates escape, one caught

Adam Moore, the second suspect that also reportedly escaped, was caught in Fredericktown, Mo. around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Jason Mills and Adam Moore were in the department’s recreation yard around 3:50 p.m. on Sunday when they escaped from the facility.

Mills is described as a white male, 5’09” and approximately 175 pounds with brown hair blue eyes. 

He has been charged with assault in the third degree, unlawful use of a weapon, tampering in the first degree and resisting arrest.

Moore is a convicted a murderer who had already been sentenced and was at the Madison County Sheriff’s Department awaiting transport.

Authorities are warning the public if they spot Jason Mills to not approach him, as he is still considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mills is asked to contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at 573-783-2234 or 573-783-2595.

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