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State police believe jail escapee remains in N.O. area

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A photo of Keana Barnes, taken a day before her escape from jail. A photo of Keana Barnes, taken a day before her escape from jail.
A close-up of Barnes, showing her short-cut hair. A close-up of Barnes, showing her short-cut hair.
New Orleans, La. -

State police believe an escaped prisoner is still in the New Orleans area.

They released these new images of Keana Barnes Thursday.  Investigators say they have learned Barnes received a ride to downtown New Orleans last week. They also say several people have reported seeing her in the metro area, specifically near Marrero.

FOX 8 News received this press release from the Dept. of Public Safety and Corrections Thursday:

(Baton Rouge) The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections continues to seek information on DOC offender Keana Barnes, who escaped from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW) in St. Gabriel early on January 1, 2013. The reward for her capture is up to $5,000.

Information developed in the case so far indicates that Barnes was given a ride to downtown New Orleans last week. There have been multiple sightings of her in the greater New Orleans area reported to DOC, particularly the Marrero area. Investigators working the case believe she is receiving help to avoid capture. It should be noted that anyone aiding Barnes will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Barnes, age 33, 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. It is also believed that she has a fairly deep cut on one her fingers that she sustained during the escape. Barnes was serving a 25-year sentence for manslaughter.

DOC is offering a reward for information in Barnes' case of $2500. In addition, CrimeStoppers of Greater New Orleans is offering its own $2500 reward for information in the case. Barnes is from the New Orleans area and has family and acquaintances there.

Tips on Barnes can be called into the LCIW Control Center at 225.319.2300 (all information received 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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