It has been two months since convicted murderer Tim "Bo" Buffington escaped from prison in Pine Bluff and although it has been scaled back from the initial days of the manhunt, the Arkansas Department of Correction has maintained a presence in the Booneville area.
Last week ADC officials operated multiple roadblocks and reportedly had dogs searching for Buffington, a 47-year old inmate who had acquired trusty status while serving a 20-year sentence for first-degree murder in the shooting death of his ex-wife, Rhonda (Canada) Combs.
A roadblock does not necessarily mean there has been a Buffington sighting in a given area, according to ADC public spokesperson Shea Wilson.
Wilson said the roadblocks, "have been set up as we deem appropriate."
"Sometimes when you stop a vehicle and hand out that flier it’s not necessarily a location where Buffington has been cited, but it’s more about connecting with people who might have information — trying to develop new information," said Wilson. "Hopefully one tip will take up to him."
Thus far none of the tips received by the ADC have been confirmed. Buffington has been reportedly sighted in Greenville, Miss., in a field in Grant County, in downtown Booneville and in the Sugar Grove area.
"We have not had a confirmed sighting since the home video surveillance at a house in Princeton Pike outside Pine Bluff," Wilson added.
In that video Buffington was apparently attempting to break into the home.
Buffington was convicted of first-degree murder in Booneville in 1999. In 1998, then 31, Buffington shot his wife, in the back of the head with a rifle while she sat in her boyfriend’s pickup on Carolan Bridge, just southwest of the Booneville city limits. Carolan Bridge was one of the roadblock locations last week.
Rumors around the city last week were that ADC was using cadaver dogs in the area in their search for Buffington.
Wilson said dogs have been employed in the search for Buffington throughout the manhunt but she was had no information about the use of any cadaver dogs.
Buffington is listed as five feet, six inches tall and weighing 182 pounds. He has a scar on his abdomen and back upper left arm and a tattoo on his right wrist, according to the ADC. Buffington’s last known address is 192 First Street in Booneville, according to the ADC.
Buffington is to be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call the ADC at (870) 267-6421 or dial 911.
The Arkansas Department of Correction is offering a reward of as much as $4,000 to anyone with information leading to the capture and arrest of Buffington. The reward has been made possible through donations made by prison employee associations.
Buffington was the first to escape custody from the Pine Bluff prison in more than a year and a half.