Oct 19, 2011 11:05 PM by Maddie Garrett

Fugtive's Family Talks About Escape

It's now almost a week since State prisoner Brian Soileau escaped from the Pine Prairie Correctional Center. Now his family speaks out about their encounters with him since he's been on the run.

Traces of Brian Soileau can be found scattered throughout the woods near Pine Prairie. Wednesday morning, relatives found his orange jumpsuit and food wrappers at a spot off of a trail behind the home where he allegedly stole two guns. But those relatives said that area hadn't been looked at until today.

The inmate's mother-in-law, Renee Swain, said she too has seen signs of him near her home off of Spillway Road.

"We knew he was around because we had food missing and we could tell, my daughter was nervous and I could tell by her actions that something was not right and we suspected that he was out there in the backyard," said Swain.

Her daughter, Laurie Soileau, is now in custody for questioning. But Swain said the response was too slow to their suspicions.

"The guys are doing the best they can now, but they got there late, they were held back. When the trail was fresh they weren't there and now I don't think he's there anymore, I'm not sure," she said.

Still out on the search Wednesday night, Sheriff Eddie Soileau said they've been on top of the escape situation since Thursday night, including using dogs to search that night.

"And I want to assure the people of Evangeline Parish that we are working and doing everything possible. We have State Police helicopters, U.S. Marshal helicopters, three or four difference agencies with dogs and man power and we're going to continue until we can put an end to this case," said Sheriff Soileau.

The Sheriff asks anyone in the nearby area, between Pine Prairie and the Beaver Community, to keep an eye out for signs of Soileau and report any suspicious activity.



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