UPDATE: Alcorn County Sheriff Ben Caldwell said an inmate who escaped Friday night was captured Saturday morning.
Jonathan Blankenship fled authorities Friday at about 10 p.m. while he was being transported to Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Blankenship was taken into custody on County Road 717 in the Wenasoga area Saturday morning, Caldwell said. The distance from where he escaped to where he was caught was about six miles. (See map below).
The sheriff thanked the public, Corinth Police, McNairy County K-9 officers and the Mississippi Highway Patrol for their help.
Prior to being captured, Blankenship was seen at around 7 a.m. by a homeowner near County Road 783 just off U.S. Highway 72 West near a fireworks stand. He was still in shackles at that time.
Blankenship was in an orange jumpsuit when he escaped, the sheriff added.
Blankenship was being held in the county jail awaiting transport to the Mississippi Department of Corrections on a probation violation, the sheriff said.