Search continues for escaped prisoner, reward now $5,000 - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Search continues for escaped prisoner, reward now $5,000

Keana Barnes escaped from prison just after midnight New Year's Day (Source: Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections) Keana Barnes escaped from prison just after midnight New Year's Day (Source: Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections)
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections continues to search for Keana Barnes, the woman who escaped from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW) in St. Gabriel early on January 1, 2013.

The reward for her capture is up to $5,000.

Officials say Barnes was given a ride to downtown New Orleans last week. There have been multiple sightings of her in the greater New Orleans area reported to DOC, particularly the Marrero area.

Investigators working the case believe she is receiving help to avoid capture. It should be noted that anyone aiding Barnes will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Barnes, age 33, is 5'4" tall, weighs 140 pounds, and has dark brown eyes and very short
brown hair. She has the letter "K" tattooed on her left hand, a dragon tattoo on her back
and two panther tattoos on her chest.

It is also believed that she has a fairly deep cut on one her fingers that she sustained during the escape. Barnes was serving a 25-year sentence for manslaughter.

Department of Corrections is offering a reward for information in Barnes' case of $2,500. In addition, CrimeStoppers of Greater New Orleans is offering its own $2,500 reward for information in the case.

Barnes is from the New Orleans area and has family and acquaintances there.

Tips on Barnes can be called into the LCIW Control Center at 225-319-2300 (all information
received will be kept confidential). Anonymous tips can be called into CrimeStoppers GNO
at 504-822-1111 or 877-903-STOP (7867).

Copyright 2013 WAFB. All rights reserved.

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