Licking, Mo. -- (2/5/2018) UPDATE: At 5 p.m. Feb. 3, 2018, the Licking Police Department called South Central Correctional Center to report they had captured offender John Toy Long on Saturday evening.
Pat Burton of the Licking Police Department arrived at South Central Correctional Center with the escaped offender.
On Thursday, January 25, offender John Toy Long walked away from the grounds of South Central Correctional Center in Licking. Long, who is assigned to the minimum security unit, left his work assignment, which is located outside the secure perimeter of the facility.
Local law enforcement and the Missouri State Highway Patrol are working with the Department of Corrections to apprehend Long. K-9 Units from Farmington Correctional Center and Ozark Correctional Center have been dispatched, and the Corrections Emergency Response Team has been activated. A helicopter is involved in the search.
Long, a 41-year-old white male, is 5 feet five inches tall and 166 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes. Residents are asked to contact local law enforcement or the Missouri State Highway Patrol if they see him.
Long is serving two concurrent six-year sentences for receiving stolen property and second-degree burglary. He was received into Department of Corrections custody from Texas County on June 2, 2017, and has a presumptive parole date scheduled for September 14, 2019.
He has previous convictions for second-degree assault, operating a vehicle while intoxicated resulting in injury, possession of a controlled substance, resisting/interfering with arrest, second-degree domestic assault and misdemeanor stealing.