The DeSoto County trusty sought after his escape from a work detail Wednesday afternoon has been found, authorities stated Thursday afternoon.
Robert Gene Heath, age 42 of Adamsville, Tenn. was found in Alcorn County, captured and is back in custody.
Heath left a work detail near the DeSoto County Schools Bus Maintenance facility on Central Parkway in Southaven Wednesday afternoon, stole a school district pickup truck and left the scene “in an unknown direction,” stated the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department.
At the time of his escape, school district officials said Heath was not on a school campus, not around students, and no schools were placed on lockdown. The bus maintenance facility is located adjacent to DeSoto Central Elementary School.
The truck was seen and recovered in Alcorn County, but Heath again fled the area.
Details about his eventual capture were not immediately known and the extent of any additional charges because of his escape were also not immediately released, although information from the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department stated he would be facing additional charges.
Department Fugitive Division personnel went to Alcorn County to return Heath back to DeSoto County.
Heath was serving a three-week sentence in jail for a shoplifting conviction in Hernando.
Bob Bakken is Managing Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.