4 of 5 jail escapees from Pike Co. captured

BOWLING GREEN, Mo. (AP) — Four of the five inmates who escaped from a northeast Missouri jail are back in custody, two days after they removed a shower head controller to gain access to a jail service area.

The men escaped Saturday from the Pike County Jail in Bowling Green. Three inmates from Louisiana, Mo. — Emanuel Chatman and brothers Jacob and Jason Darnell — were arrested about 2 a.m. Monday while panhandling near Midwest City, Okla.

A fourth escapee, 49-year-old Joseph Verive of Elsberry, was caught Monday along a country road in Pike County. He told authorities he had not eaten since the escape and wanted to return to jail.

William John Thomas Wilkerson Jr. of Florissant remains at large. Wilkerson was held for failing to appear in court for allegedly stealing anhydrous ammonia.

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