Update: Escaped murderer still at large

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - According to Shea Wilson with the Department of Corrections, on Tuesday evening around 10:15, a man said that he saw escaped murderer Timothy Buffington in a field in Grant County. As of 1:30 a.m. search dogs did not pick up any scent near the county line.

Search dogs and National Guard helicopters did not pick up any possible traces Tuesday, but law enforcement said they will continue to search for Buffington through the night and into Wednesday morning.

Wednesday morning around 10, Wilson said gunshots were heard near Princeton Pike, close to the prison. Authorities reportedly believed the shots to have been made by Buffington, but just before 11 a.m., they said they actually came from a nearby resident. With the road now closed, the search continues.

In addition, authorities in Jefferson County said they searched an area where neighbors said they heard someone bang on a house, causing dogs to bark, but his scent was not picked up. Deputies did not specify where this area was.

Buffington reportedly escaped the Arkansas Department of Corrections Pine Bluff Unit Saturday night. While he escaping, he is said to have taken a hostage for a brief time. Authorities believe he is armed with a shotgun and a bag ammo.

More information will be added to this story as it becomes available.

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