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Jones County escaped inmate in custody

Beatrice Gardner/Photo credit: Jones County Jail Beatrice Gardner/Photo credit: Jones County Jail
Deputies took Gardner into custody Wednesday night./Photo credit: JCSD Deputies took Gardner into custody Wednesday night./Photo credit: JCSD
JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Jones County deputies have located the inmate that escaped while in court Wednesday. 

According to the Jones County Sheriff's Department, deputies found Beatrice Gardner, 43 of Laurel, at a residence in Ellisville Wednesday night with LPD handcuffs still dangling from one wrist. She was taken into custody. 

Gardner was arrested by the Laurel Police Department on Tuesday for contempt of court and felony warrants from JCSD and Louisiana Department of Corrections.

She was booked into the Jones County Jail.

On Wednesday, she was transported by LPD officers to court on their contempt charge, according to the JCSD.

While Gardner was in court around noon, she walked out a back door as a group of inmates were being moved from one building to another.

Gardner was wearing handcuffs at the time and was dressed in regular clothing when she escaped.

However, the Jones County Jail and sheriff’s office were not notified of the escaped until after 2 p.m. This is when the other inmates returned to the jail.

Gardner was wanted by the JCSD for robbery. She was also wanted by the LDOC for a probation violation.

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