Manhunt: Convicted Murderer Timothy ‘Bo’ Buffington Escapes from Arkansas PrisonPosted: June 25, 2014
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Arkansas’ corrections system, which is looking for a murderer who walked away from a work detail, said Monday it isn’t unusual for a killer to enjoy a special status that lets convicts perform tasks on either side of the prison fence.
“Until he escaped Saturday evening, the only blemish on his record is that escape.”
Timothy “Bo” Buffington, 47, disappeared Saturday night from outside the Pine Bluff Unit. Buffington was serving a 20-year sentence for first-degree murder and would have been eligible for release in four years, Correction Department spokeswoman Shea Wilson said.
CBS affiliate KTHV reports Buffington broke into a safe at a house located on prison grounds Saturday and made off with a shotgun. Wilson said that, even though the door was dead-bolted, the convict managed to kick out the doorframe.
Jefferson County Sheriff‘s officials told the station on Sunday night that they believed Buffington was also armed with a backpack of ammunition to go along with the shotgun.
Since 2003, the inmate had held a special, trusted status within the prison system that let him work without constant supervision.
“He had no disciplinary record in prison, he had no rule violations, no disciplinary record at all,” Wilson said. “Until he escaped Saturday evening, the only blemish on his record is that escape.”
Wilson told KTHV the escaped convict confronted a woman who lives at the home where he stole the shotgun and tried to have her drive him off prison grounds, but she got away.
Buffington would eat and sleep inside the prison but would work on the grounds, mowing lawns and doing janitorial work, during the day, Wilson said.
Search crews on horses and with dogs concentrated on an area near the prison Monday where a resident reported hearing a gunshot. Authorities said they believe Buffington was armed with a shotgun and carrying a sack of ammunition.
“Shots fired, that could be anything,” Wilson said. “We’re just making sure it’s not him.”
Searchers also concentrated on looking in unoccupied homes, barns and outbuildings where someone could hide, she said. It was believed the Buffington was still near Pine Bluff, Wilson said.
Buffington was known as a “trusty,” a designation given to model inmates…(read more)