Escaped Inmate Caught

There was an escape at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility near Meridian, Miss., on Friday night.

Earl Blue was serving a 40-year sentence for armed robbery. Officials say they believe Blue hitched a ride from I-20 to the Forest area, where he was apprehended Sunday afternoon by Lt. Jeff Pitts and Ofc. Calvin Patrick of the Forest Police Department.

Officials at the prison at Lost Gap did not immediately return calls for comment.

Blue has been handed over to the Mississippi Department of Corrections.