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.

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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.

Emanuel Bedford (Credit: Queen City News)

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.