The subject of an intense manhunt at the Lake of the Ozarks nearly two months ago has escaped from custody.
Brian J. Adkison, 23, broke out of the Caldwell County Detention Center shortly before midnight Sunday, Aug. 12. He was being held there on kidnapping and sexual assault charges.
Adkison led police on a weeklong manhunt throughout the lake area in June before being arrested on June 21 in Morgan County. He was last seen in Caldwell County fleeing on foot wearing white boxer shorts and no shoes. After he was arrested in Morgan County, officials extradited him back to Caldwell County in northwest Missouri. He was charged with second burglary in Morgan County as well as being wanted for kidnapping in Caldwell County and facing previous charges for sexual assault and forcible rape in Boone County.
At this time, Adkison is not believed to be near the Lake of the Ozarks area, but the Missouri State Highway Patrol warned that Adkison is considered dangerous.
Lt. Mike Nienhuis, patrol supervisor with the Morgan County Sheriff's Office captured the 23-year-old from Columbia at a vacant rental house around the 40 mile marker of the Lake of the Ozarks in the Mallard Bay area June 21 after a weeklong hunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies as well as the FBI.
A possible burglary was reported at the house in Mallard Bay in the Proctor Rd. area of the county around 2:15 p.m. June 21, according to Nienhuis who responded to the call.
The female owner had stopped by the house to do some work and saw that a window had been broken out and called police.
As he cleared the house, Nienhuis says he caught Adkison's elbow where he was hiding in a back bathroom and ordered to come out and get on the floor.
Adkison offered no resistance and got on the floor, saying "please don't shoot me," according to Nienhuis. He was taken into custody shortly before 3 p.m. without further incident.
Adkison was not armed and wore only shorts and flip-flops — no shirt. He had lost his cell phone as well.
The manhunt involved stolen vehicles, a stolen personal watercraft, a stolen fishing boat, search dogs and multiple home searches.
Nienhuis estimated that police searched over 1,000 homes in the manhunt. Participating agencies included Morgan, Benton, Camden, Cole, Caldwell, Miller, Moniteau and Cooper county sheriff's departments, Morgan County 911, Sunrise Beach, Sedalia and Stover police departments, U.S. Fire Marshal's Office, U.S. Marshals, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Cole County Emergency Response/Hazmat Team, Stover Rural Fire Department and the Mid Missouri Drug Task Force.
Anyone having information regarding Brian James Adkison is asked to contact the Caldwell County Sheriff's Department at telephone number 816-586-2681or the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 816-387-2345.