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Jan 4, 2013 12:15 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Increased reward for information leading to capture of escaped inmate

The reward for an escaped inmate has increased from $1,000 to $2,500. Keana Barnes, serving 25 years for manslaughter, escaped from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel on Jan. 1.

Barnes is 33-years-old, is 5'4" tall, weighs 140 pounds, and has dark brown eyes and very short brown hair. She has the letter "K" tattooed on her left hand, a dragon tattoo on her back and two panther tattoos on her chest. "If you see something or hear something, say something," said DPS&C Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc. "There will be consequences for anybody found helping Barnes while she is on the run."

In addition to the Department of Corrections increasing its reward, CrimeStoppers of Greater New Orleans is offering up to $2500 for information in the case. Barnes is from the New Orleans area and has family and acquaintances there. It is likely that she is getting assistance in evading capture, LeBlanc said.

Tips on Barnes can be called into the LCIW Control Center at 225.319.2300, and all information will be kept confidential. Anonymous tips can be called into CrimeStoppers GNO at 504.822.1111 or 877.903.STOP (7867).

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