Kansas prison escapees Scott Dwyer and Wayne Purdy’s time on the run is over, after nearly two months of freedom.
The duo, who walked away Thanksgiving Day from a work-release program while incarcerated at the Winfield Correctional Facility, were arrested this week in northern Mississippi.
Dwyer was arrested by Batesville, Miss., police about 6 p.m. Wednesday, after the pair knocked on the door of a home asking for food, said Detective Jeremiah Brown.
The resident called police, who investigated. Dwyer initially gave authorities a fake name, but was identified after police matched his fingerprints in a national database.
About 15 hours later, police in Grenada, Miss., about 40 miles from Batesville, received a call that a suspicious person, later identified as Purdy, had been seen at the local Walmart. Grenada Police Assistant Chief Erby Montgomery said officers arrested Purdy at the store without incident.
Authorities said that they later recovered a four-wheeler that Dwyer and Purdy had stolen in Arkansas and driven to Mississippi.
Officials from both police agencies said they had not filed any criminal charges against the two, but were holding Dwyer and Purdy until they can be returned to Kansas.
Dwyer and Purdy were featured in a Dec. 24 Journal-World article about prison escapees, as they were two of six Kansas prison escapees still on the run.
Bill Miskell, communications director for the Kansas Department of Corrections, said his agency is pleased that the number of active escapees has been cut down to four. When Dwyer and Purdy are returned to Kansas, they will face criminal charges stemming from their escape, he said. Purdy was serving a sentence for theft, while Dwyer was incarcerated on theft and burglary convictions.
Miskell said officials will also investigate “to determine what kinds of other activities they may have been involved in during the six weeks they’ve been on escape status.”