CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, S.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — A man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend briefly escaped a South Carolina prison, the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.
Emanuel Bedford, 30, escaped the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office overnight for about four hours before being taken back into custody.
The sheriff’s office originally reported through a social media post that he had escaped around 9:42 p.m. Saturday, June 10. The circumstances of how exactly he escaped or where he was captured have not yet been released.
Bedford’s alleged escape triggered a multi-agency manhunt involving over 40 police officers, tracking dogs, and a helicopter.
He was taken back into custody just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
Bedford is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Deidre Reid, who was reported missing out of Pageland, South Carolina in September 2021 after having last been seen heading to a Greyhound Bus Station in Charlotte in her Chevy Tahoe.
Bedford is charged with murder and kidnapping. He’s being held without bond.