Inmate Escapes From Pine Bluff Prison



PINE BLUFF, AR -- Law Enforcement continue the search for an escaped convict who has been on the loose for more than a week.

Timothy Buffington walked away from a work assignment at the Pine Bluff Unit on June 21. He was serving a 20-year sentence for shooting and killing his ex-wife.

Search crews are still monitoring checkpoints and officers continue to patrol the area on ATVs and horseback.

At this point, the Arkansas Department of Corrections encourages anyone that thinks they may have seen him to call authorities. They say they'd rather it be a false alarm than miss an opportunity to capture him.

Shea Wilson from the Arkansas Department of Correction says they are persistent in their search.

"We are still trying to look in the wooded areas, anywhere where he might be holed up and really continuing to put pressure on this area in case he is still right here," Wilson said.

She adds Buffington may have grown some facial hair, or may be sunburned by now.

If you see anyone suspicious that matches Buffington's description, you are urged to call 911 immediately.

Police are searching the area of Princeton Pike in Pine Bluff for escaped inmate Timothy Buffington.  The 47 year old left his work assignment earlier this evening.

ADC officers and canines are searching for him and local and state law enforcement agencies have been notified.

Original story:
A convicted murderer has escaped from prison at the Pine Bluff Unit of the Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC).

Authorities are on the lookout for Timothy Buffington, 47. He may also go by "Bo" Buffington. According to the ADC Buffington is 5'6'', weighs 182 pounds and has a tattoo on his right wrist.

ADC records show that Buffington was convicted in Logan County of first degree murder in 1999 and is serving a 20 year sentence.

Buffington's last known address is listed as 192 1st St. in Booneville.

Updates will be provided as additional information is released.

If you have any information regarding this escape, please call authorities.

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