GILMER, Tex. — Hundreds of searchers with bloodhounds and helicopters Thursday scoured a four-county area for a thrice-convicted rapist and accused murderer who abducted a dispatcher and escaped from the Upshur County Jail.
"We don't have any idea where he is," said Chief Deputy James Beasley. "We just know where he started out from."
The inmate, Jerry McFadden, who calls himself "Animal," overpowered a jailer and a guard Wednesday evening before abducting dispatcher Rosalie Williams, 24, wife of a Department of Public Safety trooper, and driving off in her Datsun sports car.
Authorities said the search for the inmate and his victim involved 187 state and federal officers from a variety of agencies. Williams' husband was also participating.