Reward grows in case of woman who escaped prison

Keana Barnes, 33
Keana Barnes, 33

The reward for information that leads to the capture of an escapee from St. Gabriel's Prison for woman grows to five thousand dollars. 33-year-old Keana Barnes, convicted on manslaughter for a 2003 killing, escaped early New Years Day.

The Department of Corrections increased its reward to $2,500 and Crimestoppers of New Orleans added to that, offering up its own $2,500 reward in the case. Barnes is from the New Orleans area.

She was serving a 25 year sentence for manslaughter. Barnes is described as 5'4" tall, weighs 140 pounds, 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.

Officials warn there will be consequences for anyone who is helping Barnes hide from authorities.  "If you see something or hear something, say something," said DPS&C Secretary Jimmy Le Blanc. "There will be consequences for anybody found helping Barnes while she is on the run." They warn that Barnes should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111 or the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women Control Center at 225-319-2300. Anyone calling in tips to either hotline will remain anonymous.