UPDATE: One of two escapees from Shannon County Jail captured

Published: Sep. 27, 2020 at 9:10 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2020 at 4:51 PM CDT
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(Update at 4:25 A.M.)

One of the two inmates who escaped from the Shannon County Jail has been captured. Law enforcement found Cameron Kennedy at a home in Ellington, Missouri Monday night.

He’s now back in custody. You can see on this map where Kennedy and Hunter Vest escaped from the jail in Eminence on Sunday. The pickup truck stolen from a man’s house near the jail has also been found.

Hunter Vest is still on the run.

Vest is 20 years old. He’s 5 foot 6 inches tall, weighs 120 pounds.

He has short brown hair and brown eyes.

He’d been in jail on a charge of resisting arrest. If you see him call 911.


SHANNON COUNTY, Mo. (KY3) - The Missouri Highway Patrol and Shannon County Sheriff’s Office are looking for two inmates who escaped from the Shannon County Jail after assaulting a jailer.

Authorities are looking for Hunter S. Vest, age 20, Elsinore, Missouri, and Cameron P. Kennedy, age 25, Duncan, Oklahoma. The search enters its second day Monday.

Vest and Kennedy left in a white Chevrolet Colorado with an aluminum toolbox in the bed around 3 p.m. Sunday. MSHP says they traveled eastbound out of Eminence.

Law enforcement later pursued the vehicle in the Ellington, Missouri, area, but the inmates got away from officers near Highway 72 in Reynolds County.

“All indications are they’re still in the same vehicle,” said MSHP Troop G Seargent Jeff Kinder. “We’re just not sure if they’re in that area. Of course, desperate people do desperate things, so it’s impossible to know.”

Both inmates were wearing orange jump suits at the time of their escapes.

Vest is described as 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 120 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes. He is known to have connections in the Qulin, Missouri, area. He was being held on a Carter County charge of resisting arrest by fleeing.

Kennedy is described as 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 160 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was being held on Carter County charges of tampering with a motor vehicle 1st degree and unlawful possession of a weapon.

“We’d like to enlist the help of the public to help us find them, and if they see anything suspicious or anything that bothers them, go ahead and call 911 or the highway patrol or the Shannon County Sheriff’s Office,” said Kinder.

Investigators say you should assume both men are armed and not confront them, but rather contact authorities, if you see them.

If you have any information on their whereabouts, contact the Missouri Highway Patrol’s Troop G headquarters at 417-469-3121, the Shannon County Sheriff’s Office or your nearest law enforcement agency.

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