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Accused Killer Escapes From Arkansas Detention Center

Authorities in Arkansas were searching early Thursday for a murder suspect who escaped from a detention center on Wednesday afternoon, the sheriff’s office said.

Austin Hill, 19, who is charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a grocery store manager in Camden in December, had just returned to the Ouachita County Detention Complex at around 3 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET) when he escaped.

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Austin Albert Hill, 19, escaped from Ouachita County Detention Complex as he was awaiting trial at the detention complex for capital murder, and other charges, related to the December 2014 shooting death of the manager of a local grocery store. Ouachita County Sheriff

An official at the sheriff's office said Hill escaped after he was returning from a trip to a hospital, and jumped out of a van as it was in the sally port at the detention center. The sheriff’s office said the FBI and neighboring law enforcement agencies were helping in a manhunt.

Hill was one of two people charged with murder in the death of the store manager, Richard Anders, 63, who was gunned down as he walked to his car on Dec. 19, according to NBC station KARK.

Jaquestin Anderson, 19, turned himself into police several days after the shooting. Both men are charged with capital murder and aggravated robbery, according to jail records. Authorities told KARK at the time that Hill shot Anders and took the deposit.

Ouachita County is a county of about 25,000 people located in the southcentral part of the state, around 45 miles from the Louisiana border.