December 26, 2022

Stolen van allegedly linked to escaped Raymond inmates found in Texas

Therese Apel

The white church van allegedly stolen by two inmates who escaped from the Raymond Detention Center in Hinds County has been recovered in a body of water in Texas.

Travello McElroy and Tyler Charles Payne were found missing during roll call on Christmas Day, officials said. They were believed to have been connected to a van stolen from nearby Belmont Church.

According to a post from Hinds County Sheriff Tyree Jones on Sunday evening, a witness reported seeing a white male pushing a van into a body of water in Anna, Texas. The van was subsequently recovered and confirmed to be the one stolen from Hinds County.

Jones said a press conference is scheduled for Monday morning to update with the latest on the case.

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