A self-described serial killer was captured early Tuesday, a little more than a day after he escaped from prison.
Donald Leroy Evans was found by sheriffs in a shed at a lumber yard about a half-mile from the county jail shortly after daybreak, a Highway Patrol dispatcher said. He offered no resistance when ordered to surrender.Witnesses said Evans, wearing a stained, yellow rain gear and visibly tired, was handcuffed, led to a waiting vehicle and returned to the Harrison County jail, said the dispatcher, who declined to give his name.
Evans escaped with three other prisoners from the jail Sunday night after one of the others pulled a homemade knife on a guard, authorities said. Anthony L. Hayes was still missing Tuesday.
The 35-year-old Evans boasted of killing 72 people on a 10-year multistate killing spree, but has been charged in only two slayings - a 10-year-old girl in Gulfport and another in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Authorities searched for Evans among thousands of tourists flocking to the area's sand and casinos. Traffic was bumper-to-bumper on one beach highway.
Officers dotted the coast with roadblocks, took to helicopters and unleashed dogs in pursuit of the escapees.
The jail complex is near Interstate 10, the congested east-west route that goes into New Orleans.