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Fugitive's Insane Escape Tale Takes a Tragic Turn

During manhunt for Travis Lee Davis, a man mistaken for him is killed
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2019 10:55 AM CDT
Travis Lee Davis.   (Missouri State Highway Patrol)

(Newser) – This much is clear: Travis Lee Davis should be in jail, but he's not, thanks to two hard-to-explain escapes by the 30-year-old. Davis, last seen in Oklahoma, remains on the lam, while a man who resembled him was killed in a confrontation with police. And all that doesn't even take into account the supposed kidnapping of a woman who may or may not be Davis' girlfriend. Here are the details:

  • First escape: Davis broke out of the Pettis County Jail in Sedalia, Mo., on the night of Saturday, March 9. Authorities say he climbed into the ceiling, made his way across the rafters and down into a "maintenance access closet," then simply walked out of the jail. His absence wasn't noticed until the following night, reports the Washington Post.
  • Second escape: This one was even more remarkable. Police arrested him in Oklahoma on Wednesday and placed him in a patrol car, handcuffed. As officers were interviewing someone else, Davis drove away in the police car. "He somehow got the cuffs to the front of him and somehow managed to get through the window in the partition," Heavener Police Chief Ty Armstrong tells the Sedalia Democrat. "He went through the window, stole the car, and went approximately 2 miles and crashed, then fled on foot." Davis remains at large, and police say it's possible he hopped on a train.

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