Convicted murderer known as Pretty Boy Floyd escapes from Gulf Coast prison

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The search is on for Michael “Pretty Boy Floyd” Wilson, a 47-year-old man who escaped from prison while serving two life sentences for murdering two people in Gulfport and Biloxi in 2014.

Officials say Wilson left the Southern Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville, MS, which is about 40 miles northwest from Mobile.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections says Wilson went missing around 1 p.m. Thursday.

Authorities say he was last seen wearing camouflage near Walmart in Lucedale after he hitch hiked a ride from a woman.

“He gave her a sob story, got in the car and she dropped him off in the vicinity of Walmart,” George County Sheriff Keith Havard said.

Havard along with multiple agencies setup a command post in the area.

“We’re going door to door searching the neighborhood right now,” he said.

“Knowing that he has killed some people that is a little nerve wrecking,” Lucedale resident Justin Keel said.

Keel lives down the street from the Walmart. He says everything at his house is now on lockdown.

“Got to keep the doors locked,” he said. You know usually we keep keys in the vehicles so we got to snatch the keys out of the vehicles.”

Havard says the search spans far and the focus is to get wilson back where he belongs.

“It’s a big deal,” Havard said. “We’re stretched to our limits right now that’s why we have outer agencies helping to bring this guy back into custody.”

Havard says Wilson is injured because he hopped the fence. He says he looks different than his mugshot, he has long curly hair now.

He says Wilson may be headed to Gulfport where he has family.

Officials said Wilson was last seen wearing camouflage clothing, and he looks far different than his mug shot. His hair is now longer and curly. He's 47, stands 5'11" tall and weighs 160 pounds.

Officials say they have no reason to believe Wilson is armed, but he should be considered dangerous.

Anyone who spots him is asked to call the Mississippi Department of Corrections at 662-745-6611 or Crime Stoppers.

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