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Manhunt for Escaped Mississippi Murder Suspect Rafael McCloud Enters Second Day

by Erik Ortiz and Christoper Essner /  / Updated 
Rafael McCloud, 33, center, is escorted to a holding cell by Vicksburg, Miss., police investigators at the Vicksburg Police Department after his initial court appearance in the abduction and death of Sharon Wilson, 69, on July 1, 2015.AP

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A Mississippi man charged with capital murder remained on the lam Thursday morning, triggering a multi-agency pursuit around the Vicksburg jail from which he escaped a day earlier.

Rafael McCloud, 34, is believed to be armed and dangerous after he used a makeshift weapon to briefly overpower one of three guards on duty at the Warren County Jail before sunrise Wednesday.

 Rafael McCloud, 33, center, is escorted to a holding cell by Vicksburg, Miss., police investigators at the Vicksburg Police Department after his initial court appearance in the abduction and death of Sharon Wilson, 69, on July 1, 2015. AP

He fled wearing the jailer's jacket and pants. The pants were recovered about six blocks from the jail, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace told reporters on Thursday.

Flip flops belonging to McCloud were also found — but not the weapon.

Related: Manhunt Underway for Escaped Mississippi Murder Suspect

He is believed to still be in the area of Vicksburg, his hometown, and law enforcement officials are interviewing his associates.

McCloud is accused in the kidnapping and slaying of 69-year-old Sharon Wilson, who police say was badly beaten and raped last June. Her body was found in an abandoned hospital by ghost hunters who noticed a trail of blood, WLBT reported.

In addition to murder, McCloud also faces charges of sexual battery, rape, arson, home invasion, being a felon in possession of a firearm and grand larceny auto theft.

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