Convicted murderer escapes from Arkansas prison

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Posted: Jun 13, 2016 7:31 PM

(Reuters) - An inmate convicted of killing a 16-year-old girl escaped on Monday from a prison in Arkansas, corrections authorities said.

Lloyd Jones, 40, escaped from East Arkansas Regional Unit prison in the small community of Brickeys, about 100 miles east of the state capital, Little Rock, according to a post on the website of the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

A spokesman for the department did not return calls.

Jones pleaded guilty in 2012 to charges that he murdered a girl he had met near the Arkansas River and stuffed her body in a barrel, Arkansas television station KFSM reported at the time.

On Monday, Jones escaped from a prison work detail and authorities have devoted extensive resources to search for him, Little Rock television station KARK said, citing a prison spokesman.

Jones has multiple tattoos, including depictions of a dragon, a wizard and a skull, according to the website for the Department of Corrections.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Cooney)