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Hundreds search for escaped killer

September 13, 2009

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— Hundreds of law enforcement officers — some on horseback, with bloodhounds or in boats — are searching the rugged Tunica Hills in northern Louisiana for an escaped killer.

Assistant Warden Cathy Fontenot says bad weather Saturday kept helicopters from joining the hunt for 44-year-old Henry Smith, who walked off the Louisiana State Penitentiary’s farm on Thursday.

Fontenot says investigators have a really good lead, but giving any details would jeopardize it.

She says “well over 200” people from 18 agencies are searching for Smith.

He is serving life for second-degree murder. Fontenot said he left the Angola prison on the anniversary of his mother’s death, and is also mourning the recent death of a fellow inmate.

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