BATON ROUGE, La. – In an unfortunate incident, a prisoner reportedly abducted and killed a teenage girl after escaping from a prison in Louisiana. The girl was later found dead after a standoff with police officers. The girl was the stepdaughter of an assistant warden and was set to pursue a career in nursing.
The prisoner, identified by authorities as 39-year old Deltra Henderson reportedly escaped after his prison assignment at David Wade Correctional Center on Thursday. The sequence of events by authorities suggests that the prisoner, after escaping from his assignment, stole a car and kidnapped the 19-year old girl Amanda Carney. The girl reportedly lived in a home close to prison with her parents.
Authorities claim that the body of the teenager was recovered from wooded area very close to the prison where the fleeing prisoner allegedly crashed the car. The girl was apparently stabbed to death.
It was at around 2 p.m. on July 27 when the absence of the prisoner was noticed by jail officials. The girl was reportedly on her way to work when she was abducted. Henderson reportedly stole Amanda Carney’s car and fled in it along with her, but reportedly ended up crashing in a wooded area.
Later, he stole another car from close by and crashed the second vehicle too. He then ditched the second vehicle and ran to a nearby property that was on prison grounds — the Warden J.O. Whittington Firing Range — and located a gun. Police tracked him there and in the ensuing standoff he barricaded himself inside of the home as police responded to the scene in large numbers.
Authorities claim that the prisoner was serving a prison sentence for three separate convictions: distribution of cocaine, attempted armed robbery and aggravated burglary. He might have been released in the year 2025. He began his jail term in the year 2001, at Elayne Hunt Correctional Center in southern Louisiana. Later he was sent to the state prison shortly after his conviction where he spent 16 years and was a “trusty,” meaning he displayed the ability to get along with other inmates and correctional officers.
Officials claim that Henderson was fatally wounded while he traded gunfire with prison guards, according to the sheriff. “Authorities worked to capture Henderson peacefully, but he fired shots at officers and they returned fire,” read a statement released by police late Thursday to the station.
Sheriff’s office in a statement said, Carney was enrolling at Southern Arkansas University in the fall to study nursing. The girl had graduated in May from Summerfield High School. The principal there, Shane Lee, told the station “there’s no words to express the sorrow in our hearts today.”