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The body of an Ohio man carjacked in Vicksburg is found in Alabama

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 JACKSON, TN (WLBT) - Two escaped inmates suspected of murder were on the run Thursday night.  The men escaped Friday from the Louisiana State Police Headquarters Compound where they were on a work detail. 

Tennessee investigators held a press conference Thursday to announce a gruesome discovery. 53 year old David Cupps of Ohio who was carjacked Monday in Vicksburg was found dead at a hotel in Bessemer, Alabama.

"Since we've located Mr. Cupps, he is deceased, we want the public to be aware.  Really pay attention and please help us capture these individuals," said Tennessee Bureau of Investigations Agent John Mehr.

Armed and highly dangerous was how officers describe 33 year old Darian Pierce and 36 year old Ricky Wedgeworth.  Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong said the pair stole Cupps rental car.  They were last seen Tuesday in Jackson, Tennessee when a highway patrol officer pulled them over after recognizing the stolen vehicle.  The escaped inmates ran away, leaving the vehicle behind.

"Blood was found on the backseat and the floor board," said Chief Armstrong.

Officials would not say how Cupps was killed or how his body ended up in Alabama.  Federal investigators are now involved.  Authorities believe the missing fugitives are still in Jackson, Tennessee.  Billboards share their pictures and officers stop traffic to warn residents.

"We have no credible information that the suspects have left this area.  (We have) no information about it so we have to assume they're still here," said Jackson County Sheriff David Woolfork.

"They're criminals, they're trying to get away and they are going to do whatever means possible as we've already seen," said Agent Mehr.

Chief Armstrong also discovered Thursday the fugitives hitch hiked into Vicksburg from Louisiana Friday.  They were in the river city for three days without any reported criminal activity, until the deadly carjacking.


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