Search for Escaped Inmate Now Centered Around Leachville

LEACHVILLE, AR - Law enforcement authorities from Dunklin County and Mississippi County are searching around the Leachville area this morning for an inmate who escaped Saturday night from the Dunklin County Jail at Kennett.

Dewey O'dell Hopper, Jr. got free by crawling underneath a chain-link fence.  Deputies later found his uniform in a wooded area near the jail.  Hopper was being held on charges of rape, and tampering with judicial proceedings.

A spokesman with the Mississippi County Sheriff's Dept. said someone believed to be Hopper was spotted early this morning just north of Leachville, near the Arkansas-Missouri state line.