Authorities in Georgia have successfully located the blue Dodge Challenger used in a recent jailbreak, but the four inmates who escaped from the Bibb County Detention Center continue to elude capture, as reported on Friday.
The vehicle was discovered in the parking lot of Biomat USA at 630 North Avenue in Macon, following leads pursued by investigators from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities did not provide further details on the recovery operation.
The escape occurred around 3 a.m. on a Monday when the four inmates, identified as 52-year-old Joey Fournier, 29-year-old Chavis Stokes, 24-year-old Marc K. Anderson, and 37-year-old Johnifer Barnwell, made their getaway. They had climbed out through a damaged day room window and cut through a fence, according to investigators. The inmates faced a range of charges, including murder and drug trafficking.
Sheriff David Davis previously explained that the inmates had broken out of an aging section of the jail, which had numerous areas in disrepair. The escape took place during a shift when fewer than 10 employees were working in a facility that held approximately 800 inmates.
Following the discovery of the vehicle, Sheriff Davis expressed gratitude to the public for providing tips and confirmed that all leads are actively under investigation. He had previously cautioned that the fugitives, three of whom had prior records, should be considered dangerous.
Assisting in the manhunt are the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service. Authorities have offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of each inmate.
Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of the escapees or the recovered vehicle is urged to contact the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.
In an effort to expedite the capture of the four escaped individuals, the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office has increased the combined rewards. An additional $20,000 has been contributed to the existing rewards from the FBI, Macon Regional Crime Stoppers, and the U.S. Marshals Service, bringing the total reward to $73,000.
Sheriff Davis emphasized the commitment of law enforcement to recapture the fugitives and urged anyone with information to come forward. Joey Fournier, Marc Kerry Anderson, Johnifer Dernard Barnwell, and Chavis Demaryo Stokes, the four escapees, were described with physical details, charges, and no known connections prior to their incarceration. Authorities are examining surveillance footage showing tampering with the jail’s fence and items believed to have aided in the escape, though details regarding these items remain undisclosed. It is uncertain whether the fugitives used the recovered Dodge Challenger as their getaway vehicle or left by another means.