CONYERS - Another suspect was taken into custody by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office for assisting Timothy Allen Ward to escape from county jail earlier this month.
Elizabeth Paige Prouse, 24, from Nitro, West Virginia, turned herself into authorities Monday, Aug. 17, under court order, according to RCSO spokesperson Cpl. Michael Camp. It's not clear at this time exactly how Prouse, who was in West Virginia at the time Ward escaped from jail, assisted in the escape but Camp says she played a "vital" role.
Prouse drove from West Virginia to Rockdale County to turn herself in by the court mandated deadline, which was Aug. 17. She is the fourth West Virginian native to land in the county jail for helping Ward, 33, elude the authorities after his jail escape.
Shane Thompson, 38, Christopher Bryant, 34, Anna Moore, 24, were arrested Aug. 5, about two hours after Ward's escape, for their involvement in helping Ward, a resident of Buffalo, West Virginia, dodge being arrested.
The trio drove from West Virginia to Rockdale County to aid Ward but was apprehended by the RCSO before they could meet up with him. Camp says the department learned the trio, which had been involved with Conyers Police for Ward being a suspect in a rash of auto break-ins in June, was back in the area after Ward escaped.
The four suspects are being charged with aiding in Ward's escape. Moore has an additional charge for possessing someone else's identification without that person's consent.
Ward is still on the run for the law. Camp says he's more than likely back in West Virginia.
"He's from West Virginia so he's probably back in that area by now," he said. "We're actively still looking for him."
Ward is a white male, 5 feet and 6 inches, 140 pounds, with brown hair and a receding hairline. He was last seen wearing a white shirt with pink shorts. He escaped from jail while on cleaning duty at an older portion of the jail, which was under renovation the morning of Aug. 5.
He reportedly told a deputy he was going to get more cleaning fluid and then walked out of the building. He then stole a white extended bed 1997 Chevrolet C2500 with Latex Construction logos on the side.