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UPDATE: Escapee in South Louisiana Captured

Authorities said a work-release inmate who escaped in Tangipahoa Parish was captured late Friday night.
UPDATE (WDSU): Authorities said a work-release inmate who escaped in Tangipahoa Parish was captured late Friday night.

Investigators said they received a call about 8:30 a.m. Thursday from a woman who said she had been abducted by Christopher Ricker, 35, from her Covington-area workplace.

The woman, who was identified as Ricker's ex-girlfriend, Melissa Messer, 35, said she was held against her will until he released her on Wardline Road.

Ricker was later spotted by deputies on Highway 442 in Loranger. He wrecked after a short pursuit and escaped by jumping in the river.

An intense search for Ricker continued on Friday.

Officials said details of Ricker's capture would be released later.

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Loranger, LA -- (WVLA) Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff deputies are currently searching for a 35-year-old, white male, Christopher Ricker.

Ricker allegedly escaped from the St. Tammany Work Release Program early this morning.

At approximately 8:30 a.m. this morning, the sheriff’s office received a call from a female stating that she had been abducted by Ricker early this morning from her Covington area workplace.

Allegedly, Ricker then held her against her will as he traveled to Tangipahoa Parish, then put her out of his 1999 blue Toyota Camry on Wardline Rd.

Ricker was soon located by deputies traveling on Hwy 442 in Loranger. After a short pursuit, Ricker crashed his vehicle into a tree near Cherokee Beach, exited his car, and jumped into the river.

Ricker was then observed to be headed east on foot.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Deputies have area surrounded and K9’s on the ground.

Anyone having information or if you see Ricker or any suspicious persons, please contact 911 immediately.
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