Sabine County Jail escapee in custody

Kenneth Morris

A Sabine County Jail inmate who escaped over the weekend is in custody in Louisiana after authorities searching for the man uncovered his whereabouts with the public’s assistance.

According to Sabine County Sheriff Deputy James Hanks, 24-year-old Kenneth Morris of Orange escaped from the county jail in Hemphill on Sunday evening, Dec. 27. Morris apparently utilized an air conditioning return duct to break out of the jail, said Deputy Hanks, reportedly made possible after an A/C repairman used the wrong bolt to secure the vent cover. At the time of his escape, Morris was incarcerated on multiple charges, including burglary, theft of a firearm and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

After shimmying his way to freedom through the jail’s ventilation system, Morris is suspected to have stolen a G-M Water Supply utility truck, which disappeared same night he did.

Hanks said alert citizens who had seen Morris’ image on Facebook and the local news alerted investigators to his location. A Sabine County Sheriff deputy investigating the information spotted Morris on the side of the road near Many, Louisiana on Dec. 29 and took him into custody, Hanks reported.

Morris currently remains in Louisiana awaiting extradition proceedings. The truck investigators believe he stole has not yet been recovered.

The incident is still under investigation, and charges related to the crime are pending.