PETTIS COUNTY, Mo. – A Pettis County inmate is still on the run as authorities from multiple states continue to search for him.
Travis Davis, 30, was originally reported missing Sunday, March 10 after escaping from the Pettis County Jail.
Early Wednesday morning, Heavener Police Department of Heavner, Oklahoma, received a call from a woman claiming to be kidnapped. Officers made contact with the woman who stated that she had been kidnapped and forced to drive at gunpoint. She said when they stopped at the gas station her kidnapper fell asleep and she fled the car to get help. Officers then attempted to make contact with the suspect, Travis Davis. Davis attempted to flee but was caught by officers from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, and Heavener Officers. Davis, who officers later learned was an escaped inmate from Missouri, was cuffed and placed in the backseat of a Heavener Police Unit.
Meanwhile, while the officers interviewed the alleged victim, Davis had maneuvered his cuffs to the front of his body, forced open the window in the back of the car and entered the driver’s seat of the car. Officers noticed Davis in the front seat just as he drove away in the police car.
Officers then chased Davis for about two miles before Davis crashed the car and fled on foot.
Davis was last seen on Old Hwy. 59 just south of the Town of Howe.
The Heavener Police Department along with The Leflore Co. Sheriffs Office, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and numerous other agencies are actively searching for Davis. It is possible that Davis escaped the area by trespassing on a freight train, however people in the area should keep their doors locked and be watchful for strangers. Anyone driving in the area should not pick up any hitchhiker and should definitely report them to the Leflore County Sheriffs Office.
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