May 12, 2023

Pearl and Rankin County authorities searching for wanted felon

Therese Apel


The Rankin County Sheriff’s Office and Pearl Police Department are requesting assistance from the public in locating Christon Joseph Hempel.

According to Central Mississippi Crime Stoppers, Hempel is a 30 year old male, 6’0, 143 lbs., brown eyes, black hair. He is a wanted on charges of FTA, possession of marijuana; as subsequent drug offender as a habitual offender, felony evasion, possession of a stolen weapon, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Anyone with information that leads to an arrest could be eligible for up to a $2,500 reward. If you have information to help in this case, please call Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online through the Web Tip link on the home page of the Central MS Crime Stoppers website. Or use your mobile device or computer to submit a tip by going to

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