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Friday, August 23, 2013

Jail escapee Derrick Estell and girlfriend in custody in Florida

Posted By on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 10:25 AM

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Derrick Estell
, who broke out of the Garland County Jail July 28 in a plot that allegedly included help from his mother and stepfather is in custody in Florida, according to Fox 16. Also arrested was a girlfriend, Tamara Upshaw, also implicated in the escape.

Fox 16 says authorities in Santa Rosa, Fla., say they have Estell and Upshaw in custoday.

Here's some of the past reporting on the breakout. The videos of the escape (one shown above) have drawn worldwide attention.

Update from Garland County sheriff's office:
The Garland County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the FBI in Little Rock, US Marshal’s fugitive task force in the State of Florida, Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Department also in the State Florida, announce that Derrick Estell and Tamara Upshaw are in the custody of authorities in Santa Rosa County Florida.

Estell and Upshaw were taken into custody without incident by Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Deputies and the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force last evening around 11pm. They were located at a residence in Santa Rosa County Florida.
Working with cooperating individuals, Garland County Sheriff’s Investigators Russ Severns and Terry Threadgill were able to pin point Estell and Upshaw’s location. Investigators contacted the authorities in Florida and within a few hours, they were taken into custody.

Estell had escaped our custody on July 28, 2013 with the assistance of Upshaw and others after returning from the Arkansas Department of Corrections for a court appearance.

Two other individuals were also taken into custody for their involvement in the escape and are awaiting court hearings.

It is unknown at this time if any more arrests are expected, as the investigation is ongoing.

Details on the extradition process and additional details on the arrest are pending at this time.

The Sheriff’s Department would also like to thank Kyle Heidler with the Dallas County Missouri Sheriff’s Department, Missouri information analysis Center, Special Agent Scott Falls with the FBI in Little Rock, Special Agent Sgt. Dennis Morris with the Arkansas State Police, US Forest Service, Nebraska State Police, and all other agencies involved for their assistance.


We will be holding a Press Conference at 1:00 P.M. at Garland County Sheriffs Office with additional details on the arrest at that time.

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