JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An inmate has been found dead in his cell at a state prison in Rankin County.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections says Bryan Owens, who was alone in a cell at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility, apparently hanged himself with a sheet. Officers found him Tuesday while serving dinner. He was pronounced dead at 5:09 p.m.
Officials say the 27-year-old had been brought to the prison hours earlier after being returned Monday from Arkansas. Owens fled the Yazoo County Community Work Center in Yazoo City Sunday. He and a woman were found in a vehicle in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Pine Bluff about 12:38 a.m.
Owens was serving a 12-year sentence for burglary, vehicle theft and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon from Harrison County.