Official Says Escaped Arkansas Inmate Could Still Be On Prison Grounds

Sep 30, 2019

Calvin Adams
Credit Department of Correction

Arkansas prison officials are unsure whether a convicted murderer they reported missing from a prison has left the facility's grounds.

Arkansas Department of Correction Spokeswoman Dina Tyler said Monday authorities are unsure whether Calvin Adams has gotten past the electric fence of the East Arkansas Regional Unit in the community of Brickeys. It's located about 110 miles east of Little Rock.

The department earlier Monday reported the 49-year-old Adams missing. Tyler said authorities are working two fronts, one that Adams is somewhere on the prison grounds and another that he is on the run outside the facility. 

On May 29, 2009, Adams and Jeffrey Grinder, both serving life without parole for capital murder, walked out of the Cummins Unit, located about 90 miles southeast of Little Rock, wearing guard uniforms and drove away in a car that was left for them in the prison's parking lot. They were arrested in New York state four days later.

Adams was convicted of capital murder in 1995 in the kidnapping and shooting death the year earlier of 25-year-old Richard Austin. Austin's wife was wounded and walked for than a mile for help.