LEE COUNTY, Ark. – The search has expanded for an escaped murderer missing from an East Arkansas prison since this morning.
Calvin Adams, 49, was being held at the East Arkansas Regional Unit in Brickeys.
He’s serving a sentence of life without parole for a bank robbery that turned into a murder.
The Arkansas Department of Corrections began the search before sunrise but hasn’t yet been able to determine if Adams ever made it outside the prison. They’re just looking everywhere.
From the main road leading to the prison our crews have seen searchers coming and going all day, everyone from Arkansas State Police to Game and Fish officers.
So far they’ve turned up nothing and the prison told our reporter Monday afternoon they’ve had no sightings and no clues.
The prison unit has both a maximum and medium security section. Adams was being held in the medium security area, which means he had more freedom to move around and where seeing an inmate out of bed at midnight isn’t unusual.
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The Arkansas Department of Corrections said Calvin Adams, 49, was confirmed missing after a search of the 1,650-inmate East Arkansas Regional Unit in the community of Brickeys, located about 110 miles (177 kilometers) east of Little Rock. He’s serving life without parole. Prison spokeswoman Dina Tyler confirmed that that Adams also escaped in 2009. Tyler said she didn’t yet have details on the most recent escape.
Tyler said officials were unsure whether Adams was still on the grounds of the correctional facility and didn’t know yet whether he got past the facility’s electric fence.
“We are going from two fronts … one that he’s laid down somewhere on the grounds and one that says he got out and is running,” Tyler wrote in an email.
On May 29, 2009, Adams and Jeffrey Grinder, both serving life without parole for capital murder, walked out of the Cummins Unit, located about 90 miles (140 kilometers) southeast of Little Rock, wearing guard uniforms and drove away in a car that was left for them in the prison’s parking lot. They were arrested in New York state four days later.
Adams was convicted of capital murder in 1995 in the kidnapping and shooting death the year earlier of 25-year-old Richard Austin. Austin’s wife was wounded and walked for more than a mile for help.
Adams has had several disciplinary violations since May 2018, including possession of contraband and lying to a staff member in January. His record also lists an escape violation in January, but Tyler said that was for being where he wasn’t supposed to and not an escape from the facility.
Adams and Grinder were sentenced to an additional six years in prison after pleading guilty to the 2009 escape. Six guards were fired and another was disciplined. Inmates also stopped sewing guard uniforms at the Cummins unit. Prison officials at the time said it appeared the inmates received no help from correction officers.
Prison officials at the time said it appeared the inmates received no help from correction officers.
LEE COUNTY, Ark. – A search is underway after the escape of a state prison inmate from the East Arkansas Regional Unit in Brickeys.
Calvin Adams, 49, was in prison on these charges:
Life without parole for capital murder from 2/7/1995 (Greene County).
72-month sentence for 2nd degree escape from 2009.
Officials say Adams was noticed to be missing from a 4:30 a.m. head count Monday.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact their local law enforcement.
More on Adams’ 2009 escape and capture here: