03-09-2011, 09:51 PM #1
MS - David Cupps, 53, Vicksburg, 7 March 2011
Escaped Convicts May Be Connected To Sunbury Man's Disappearance
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 4:08 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 6:35 PM
SUNBURY, Ohio — Investigators on Wednesday said two escaped prisoners could be connected to the disappearance of a Delaware County man who has not been heard from in two days.
Police said that David Cupps was in Mississippi for work on Monday.
Cupps, 53, who is from Sunbury, picked up his rental car but never checked into his hotel that night, investigators said.
Investigators said they found Cupps' rental car in west Tennessee, near the city of Lexington, on Tuesday night. Cupps' brief case, suit case and laptop were found in the vehicle.
Witnesses reported seeing two men running from the car and investigators believe that they could be Darian "Drake" Pierce and Ricky Wedgeworth, who escaped from a work detail in Baton Rouge, La., on Friday afternoon.
Wedgeworth was serving time for a 2006 armed robbery. He is described as about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 145 lbs., with reddish brown hair and brown eyes. He has tattoos on his arms, chest and abdomen.
Pierce was serving time for attempted second degree murder. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs about 145 lbs. He has brown hair and eyes and tattooed fingers on his right hand.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 800-824-3463.
03/08/11 -Madison County
Search for Armed and Dangerous Fugitives
By: ABC 7 Eyewitness News Staff
As of late Tuesday evening, troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol were combing the area around Interstate 40 near Henderson Road and Christmasville Road/Dr. F. E. Wright Drive for two prison escapees considered armed and dangerous.
Darian "Drake" Pierce, 33, and Ricky Wedgeworth, 36, are believed to be on foot in the area. Troopers said around 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, they attempted to pull their vehicle over. But instead of stopping, the two are accused of bailing out of their vehicle as it rolled into a ditch near mile marker 84 along westbound I-40 and running into the wooded area.
Mid-South Search for Escaped Inmates
Updated: Wednesday, 09 Mar 2011, 5:34 PM CST
Published : Wednesday, 09 Mar 2011, 5:34 PM CST
JACKSON, Tenn. - A manhunt is underway in West Tennessee for two dangerous fugitives from Louisiana. They walked away from a work detail Friday and the TBI says they may be hiding out in the Mid-South.
36-year old Ricky Wedgeworth of Memphis and 33-year-old Darian "Drake" Pierce walked away from a work detail Friday. They were spotted in a stolen car on Interstate 40 in Jackson, Tennessee Tuesday night by a Tennessee Trooper, but managed to get away on foot.
These two escapees are being investigated for yet another more recent crime. That stolen car the inmates fled from was from Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Law enforcement suspects there may be further foul play involved after they found blood inside that stolen vehicle, and they have been unable to contact the person the car was stolen from.
03-09-2011, 10:06 PM #2Former Member
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Oh this does not sound good...
03-10-2011, 09:28 AM #3
03-10-2011, 11:47 AM #4
'Foul Play' in Sunbury Man's Disappearance
SUNBURY, Ohio -- A man from Sunbury, Ohio, last seen in Vicksburg, Miss., is the victim of foul play, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Cupps was last seen in Vicksburg, Miss., and his rental car reported found in Lexington, Tenn. -- and that's not all. Two men reportedly fled the car after a Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper pulled it over during a traffic stop.
Those two men -- 36-year-old Ricky Wedgeworth and 33-year-old Darian "Drake" Pierce -- are wanted escape inmates from Louisiana, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The trooper pulled them over late Tuesday evening near mile marker 84, along Interstate-40. Wedgeworth and Pierce managed to get away on foot.
Just doesn't sound good at all
Sounds like a senseless car jacking.
03-10-2011, 01:32 PM #5Registered User
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03-10-2011, 02:29 PM #6
Oh wow! My grandmother used to live on Christmasville Road and I know that area well. Lots of places to hide out there, it's a lot of country-residential mixed with farmland.They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions... but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.- Atticus Finch
03-10-2011, 06:15 PM #7
Investigators are trying to determine whether a body found behind a Bessemer hotel is that of a missing Ohio man.
David M. Cupps, 53, disappeared Monday while on business in Vicksburg, Miss. He spoke with his wife on the phone as he was headed to check into a motel, authorities said, but never made it there.
Vicksburg police have said authorities think the SUV might have been taken in the parking lot of the Mississippi motel before Cupps checked in.
A guest of the Comfort Inn on Academy Drive in Bessemer discovered the body of a white male Wednesday afternoon while walking around the hotel's parking lot.
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03-10-2011, 06:55 PM #8
BREAKING: Bessemer PD confirms missing Sunbury, Ohio, man found dead behind motel in Bessemer, Ala.
03-10-2011, 07:56 PM #9
What is with all these Ohioans getting murdered? Sunbury is close to me as well. Hate that all these murders are hitting so close to home.
03-10-2011, 07:57 PM #10
Was he found at the hotel he was supposed to check in at? If so, why in the world weren't the grounds searched there by LE?
03-10-2011, 07:58 PM #11
Police: Escapees dump carjack victim's body in Alabama
BESSEMER, AL (WAFF) - Federal investigators confirmed an Alabama connection to the manhunt for two Louisiana escapees.
At a Thursday afternoon news conference, investigators confirmed a body found in Bessemer is that of David Cupps
http://www.myfoxal.com/Global/story.asp?S=14228838What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you....
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03-10-2011, 08:31 PM #12
Here is the latest update from WBNS-TV in Columbus.
Missing Sunbury Man's Body Found In Alabama
Thursday, March 10, 2011 5:17 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 10, 2011 6:45 PM
SUNBURY, Ohio — Investigators said on Thursday that the body of a Sunbury man was found in Alabama.
Tennessee investigators said the body of Dave Cupps was found on Wednesday morning in Bessemer, Ala. It was positively identified on Thursday, investigators said.
Family members of David Cupps said that they last heard from him on Monday after he traveled to Mississippi for work, but he never checked into his hotel that night and did not make his flight back to Columbus.
A manhunt is under way in Tennessee for the men. Alerts about the case have also been issued in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.
Here is a news story from WVTM-TV in Birmingham, Alabama.
Body discovered behind Bessemer hotel is linked to Louisiana escapees
BESSEMER, Ala. — The body of a male discovered behind a Bessemer hotel is linked to escaped convicts from Louisiana.
Ohio businessman, David Cupps, was carjacked in Mississippi on Monday.
The Jefferson County Coroner has completed an autopsy and identity of the victim has been confirmed as 53 year David Cupps.
The body was discovered Wednesday by a hotel guest.
03-10-2011, 10:39 PM #13Former Member
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Rest in peace, David.
03-10-2011, 11:37 PM #14
Why do they have kill people when they do this? Who wouldn't give up their car and let them have it? They could have just tied him up to buy some time, and left him someplace...this is sickening...Just my opinion, of course.
03-15-2011, 11:43 AM #15
They have captured the two fugitives who killed David.They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions... but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.- Atticus Finch
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