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‘False alarm’ in search for escaped inmate in Madison County

The space of Highway 21 and the Navasota River is roughly 25 miles southwest of the place Gonzalo Lopez escaped custody on May 12. TCDJ later mentioned he is not there.

MADISON COUNTY, Texas — The manhunt continues for Gonzalo Lopez, the convicted killer who escaped custody final month. Authorities in Madison County fanned out in a rural space between Bryan and Madisonville, although state officers later mentioned it was a “false alarm.”

The video above is from earlier reporting.

“Texas Department of Criminal Justice is continuing the search for an escapee who may be in the area of State Highway 21 and the Navasota River, as of 10 p.m., Tuesday, May 31, 2022,” representatives with the Madison County Office of Emergency Management wrote on Facebook. “TDCJ and local law enforcement are in the area conducting searches and surveillance.”

RELATED: U.S. Marshals launch pictures of escaped inmate’s tattoos

Highway 21 was reopened early Wednesday, however the search remained active, authorities mentioned.

“Not in Madison County,” mentioned TDCJ public data officer Robert Hurst. “It was a false alarm.”

Madison County Sheriff Bobby Adams told KXXV-TV the exercise in the Navasota River space started with a report Tuesday night time of a person who matched Lopez’s description.

The space of Highway 21 and the Navasota River is roughly 25 miles southwest of the place Lopez escaped custody on May 12. 

Lopez was on board a jail bus on Highway 7 headed for Huntsville when he shed his shackles, reduce by a metallic barrier, and stabbed a correctional officer earlier than getting away on foot after the bus crashed, authorities mentioned

“A fleet of TDCJ vehicles remain on roving patrol and continue to monitor activity in and around the original search areas,” Hurst mentioned. “Searches continue in the area in response to tips, potential sightings and information obtained by the staff and through the public.”

RELATED: Search for escaped Texas inmate Gonzalo Lopez enters new part

The search to seek out the 46-year-old initially centered on a rural space outdoors of Centerville in Leon County, which is 2 hours north of Houston.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice is continuous the search for an escapee who could also be in the world of State Highway 21…

Posted by Madison County Office of Emergency Management on Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Shortly after Lopez escaped, we received a greater thought of what these search efforts seem like when TDCJ launched a video exhibiting a whole lot of officers marching by the comb acre-by-acre. They even confirmed a pop-up metropolis that developed on the cow pastures round Centerville.

Authorities beforehand launched pictures of Lopez that had been taken by surveillance cameras shortly earlier than he boarded the bus. On May 25, the U.S. Marshals released photos showing Lopez’s tattoos.

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