Members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol prepare to leave Tuesday morning in a helicopter from the Houston airport.

Daniel G. Campbell, 39, of Licking, again became the focal point of regional lawmen when he fled through the sally port Monday night and into the cover of a dark night and heavily wooded surroundings.

Here’s how the suspected murder escaped the Texas County Jail and was apprehended 16 hours later:


Campbell manhunt

Campbell was reportedly using this phone around 5:40 p.m. Monday night inside the Texas County Jail when he saw the door down the hallway was cracked open with an object. The garage door to the facility’s sally port was also open at the time. Campbell apparently managed to get out of his shackles and ran.


A citizen alerted law enforcement around 8:30 p.m. Monday that this 1997 black Dodge extended cab pickup was stolen near the Big Piney Sportsmen’s Club on Highway B. The owner told authorities there was a deer rifle inside. It was recovered Tuesday morning behind Union Freewill Baptist Church on Highway M.


Sheriff James Sigman said Campbell stopped at this Highway 17 home between Success and Roby for water Tuesday morning. He also ate a sandwich. The homeowner alerted authorities and when Sigman and another officer arrived, Sigman spotted Campbell beside an outbuilding. Sigman made the arrest.

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