Escapee Jason Mills spotted in Franklin County; schools placed on ‘lock-out’

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office are tightening the search for a man who escaped jail earlier this week.

Jason Mills, along with Adam Moore, escaped the Madison County Jail between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Moore, who was previously convicted for murder, was caught shortly after escaping.

Mills, 38, was jailed on charges of tampering, resisting arrest, assault 3rd, and weapons charges. He was spotted Sunday driving a truck on Route 185 near Union, Missouri. Police used spikes to flatten the truck’s tires, but Mills ran into a wooded area and had not been seen since then.

But now deputies are searching the area north of Lake St. Clair around the Crescent Lake area. Mills was wearing ripped red plaid pants, black tennis shoes, a green and blue plaid shirt. Authorities are asking people who live in the area to remain in their houses.

As a result of the sighting, all Union R-XI schools have entered a 'lock-out' phase, meaning all exterior doors will remain locked and students will stay indoors for the rest of the day.

The St. Clair R-13 School District will not be running buses 12, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22, 23, and 25.  They are asking parents to pick up children who ride those buses.  Extra staff will be supervising students who are waiting for parent pick-up.  The rest of the buses will run as usual.