Update: Inmate who escaped Mercy South Hospital back in custody

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A manhunt continues for a convicted child sex offender who escaped from Mercy South Hospital early Thursday morning.

Authorities told FOX 2 that local, state, and federal law officers are all involved with the search for 45-year-old Tommy Wayne Boyd. That search is ongoing both in the air and on the ground. However, at this point, investigators acknowledge that there have been no sightings of Boyd since he escaped from the hospital, located just off Tesson Ferry near Interstate 270.

We’re told Boyd walked out of the main entrance at Mercy South Hospital shortly before 4 a.m. A hospital surveillance camera captured an image of Boyd as he was walking out. That image has been turned over to law enforcement.

Surveillance photo of Boyd from Thursday morning. (Photo provided by: Mercy South Hospital)

A hospital spokesperson, Joe Poelker, said that Boyd was in the custody of two state corrections officers when he escaped. Poelker also shared that there was no physical confrontation and no one was hurt.

We asked authorities how the escape could have happened if Boyd was in the custody of corrections officers. County Police referred us to the Department of Corrections, as we’re still trying to get answers.

Investigators said that Boyd is currently serving a 30-year sentence for statutory sodomy at the Potosi Correctional Facility and was taken to Mercy South on Wednesday for some sort of medical treatment.

Boyd is 5’7” and 154 pounds, with balding hair and a beard. He was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, a black jacket, and orange slippers.

Our Bommarito Automotive Group SkyFOX helicopter captured video of law officers searching a new home under construction on Kerth Road, not too far from Mercy South Hospital. Law officers had a canine with them, trying to find any signs of Boyd.

Earlier on Thursday, law officers also searched the parking lot area outside the hospital. We captured a Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper basically going car to car, looking in all the vehicles for Boyd.

As of Thursday afternoon, police have responded to reports of sightings in south St. Louis County and St. Louis City, but have yet to locate the suspect. The search efforts included a large police presence near Tower Grove Park for at least an hour.

Police recently released a new photo of Boyd with an unidentified female, and investigators say it was possibly taken Thursday morning.

Police released a new photo of Boyd with an unidentified female, and investigators say it was possibly taken Thursday morning. (Photo provided by: St. Louis County Police Department)

St. Louis County Police Department Lieutenant Colonel Jason Law spoke with FOX 2 about Boyd in a news conference:

“The suspect is a dangerous person, but we’ve brought in the resources needed that if anybody sees this suspect, call 911 to let us know the location but do not approach the suspect,” Law explained. “But I want you to know that we have brought in all the resources needed to respond immediately and effectively.”

Investigators are urging area residents to remain vigilant and make sure their homes and garages are secured as the search continues. Parents are encouraged to pick up their children from schools or activities Thursday night.

Search efforts will continue into the evening hours on Thrusday.

FOX 2 will update this story with more information as it becomes available.