Woman serving time for manslaughter escapes prison - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Woman serving time for manslaughter escapes prison

Keana Barnes (Source: Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections) Keana Barnes (Source: Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections)
ST. GABRIEL, LA (WAFB) -

Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped early Tuesday morning from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women.

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections identified the escapee as Keana Barnes, 33, who is serving a 25-year sentence for manslaughter.

She is from the New Orleans area. She should be considered armed and dangerous.

She is described as 5'4" and weighs 140 pounds. She has dark brown eyes and brown hair.

Officials said she slipped out around 1 a.m. They are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to her capture.

They added an investigation is under way to determine how she got out of the prison. She has been at LCIW since 2004.

Many law enforcement agencies are looking for Barnes. DOC, prison staff, and K-9 search teams from Elayn Hunt Correctional Center are scouring the area.

St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau said his officers are also assisting.

The prison is located on LA 74 in St. Gabriel.

Anyone with information on the escapee's whereabouts should call 225-319-2300.

Just last week, a man serving a 65-year sentence escaped from the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, which is located next to the women's prison.

Copyright 2013 WAFB. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • WATCH LIVE ON 7NEWS SUNRISE: Happy Thanksgiving

    WATCH LIVE ON 7NEWS SUNRISE: Happy Thanksgiving

    Thursday, November 23 2017 6:17 AM EST2017-11-23 11:17:21 GMT
    (Source: pablo)(Source: pablo)

    Good Morning. Britney Glaser with a look at what's coming up on 7News Sunrise.

    More >>

    Good Morning. Britney Glaser with a look at what's coming up on 7News Sunrise.

    More >>
  • Avoiding germs this Thanksgiving

    Avoiding germs this Thanksgiving

    Thursday, November 23 2017 5:54 AM EST2017-11-23 10:54:58 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Turkey... Family... Football... and germs? Not exactly the first thing to come to mind the day before Thanksgiving.

    More >>

    Turkey... Family... Football... and germs? Not exactly the first thing to come to mind the day before Thanksgiving.

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Perfect weather for our Thanksgiving, with another cold night on its way

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Perfect weather for our Thanksgiving, with another cold night on its way

    Thursday, November 23 2017 5:17 AM EST2017-11-23 10:17:35 GMT
    Have a Great Thanksgiving!Have a Great Thanksgiving!

    For today, it will be nothing more than perfect! It will even feel a lot like fall as well! High temperatures will be in the lower 60s, so most of the day temperatures will be in the 50s! Along with the cooler temperatures, we will have more sunny skies and low humidity. This is great weather to get outside before (or after) the big meal! If you’re heading out tonight for Black Friday deals, the weather should be really nice! There will likely be no clouds in the sky.

    More >>

    For today, it will be nothing more than perfect! It will even feel a lot like fall as well! High temperatures will be in the lower 60s, so most of the day temperatures will be in the 50s! Along with the cooler temperatures, we will have more sunny skies and low humidity. This is great weather to get outside before (or after) the big meal! If you’re heading out tonight for Black Friday deals, the weather should be really nice! There will likely be no clouds in the sky.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly