Sheriff: 3 Others Helped Cedar County Jail Inmate Escape; Inmate Could Be in Springfield



STOCKTON, Mo. — An inmate who escaped from the Cedar County Jail early Thursday morning with the help of three other inmates could be in Springfield, according to the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office. 

Officials said Friday that 35-year-old Milton Sparks escaped due to a design flaw. 

According to a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office, around 1:30 a.m. three other inmates lifted Sparks to an off-camera overhang, where a metal barrier was bent out of the way. That’s where the inmate gained access to the top of the pods. He then made his way to the rear doors, which don’t lock from the inside because of fire code. According to the Facebook post, officials discovered Sparks was missing around 4 p.m. 

The sheriff’s office believes Sparks is in or around the Springfield area.

The other inmates involved with the escape could be facing charges.

Previous story:

STOCKTON, Mo. — Milton Sparks, 35, escaped the Cedar County Jail early Thursday morning. Officials say he got out due to an uncorrected design issue pointed out in 2013.

The design issue was pointed out to contractors and commissioners. The sheriff’s office said they discovered that he escaped around 2:47 a.m. 

According to the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office, Sparks is not believed to be in the area. 

He was being held for another county.

Original story:

STOCKTON, Mo. — The Cedar County Sheriff’s Office says Milton Sparks, age 35, escaped early this morning. 

The Cedar County Sheriff’s Office says they have discovered he escaped at 2:47 a.m.

Sparks is 5’10, weighs 185 pounds, and has dirty blonde hair, with blue eyes. 

Sparks is known to be violent, and authorities say do not approach him. If you see him call 911 immediately. 

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