Multiple suspects in custody after Most Wanted list goes public

Published 9:30 am Thursday, January 14, 2021

Multiple suspects are in custody after the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation announced Mississippi’s Most Wanted List.

On Jan. 8, Mississippi CrimeStoppers received anonymous tips from the public regarding Allan D. Henderson. MBI and the US Marshal Service Task Force apprehended Henderson without incident in the Jackson area. Henderson is being held at the Madison County Correctional Facility pending being taken into custody by the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Henderson, 48, of Jackson, was wanted by MDOC for absconding supervision. He had been granted earned time release in 2016 and had not reported to his probation officer since February 2019. Henderson was previously convicted of manslaughter after strangling his girlfriend to death and leaving her body outside a daycare in Pearl. He was also convicted of child abandonment after leaving the girlfriend’s 9-month-old child with her body and fleeing the scene.

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On Jan. 10, MBI received information that Oscar C. McNeil, 34, had surrendered himself to Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace after being placed on the Most Wanted List. McNeal, of Vicksburg, was wanted by MBI and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for aggravated assault and armed robbery.

Also on Sunday, MBI received information that Kevin D. Cope Jr. was arrested by the Clinton Police Department and is being held in the Amite County Jail. Cope, 42, of Liberty, was wanted by MBI and the Amite County Sheriff’s Office for two counts of child fondling.

Monday, MBI was notified that Jessie Dennis Jr. of Doddsville was in custody and being held in the Leflore County Jail. Dennis, 38, was wanted by the Grenada County Sheriff’s Office and MBI for rape.

Tuesday, MBI received notice from the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office that Burnell E. McCann, 41, was in custody and being held in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Louisiana. McCann, of Gulfport, was wanted for failure to register as a sex offender, by MBI and the HCSO.

“The immediate success of the (Most Wanted List) program is truly a collaborative effort between the citizens of this state and law enforcement,” said Lt. Col. Lee Morrison, MBI director. “The apprehension of these dangerous individuals is a prime example of how the phrase ‘See something, say something’ plays a vital role in protecting our communities.”

Anyone with information regarding Mississippi’s Most Wanted is asked to call Mississippi CrimeStoppers at 888-8CRIMES (888-827-4637).

The remaining individuals on the list are:

  • Harold Lee Higgins, 63, Ridgeland, wanted for absconding supervision (murder)
  • Gary Mitchell, 57, Gloster, wanted for three charges of child fondling
  • Charles Rhodes Chandler, Orlando, FL, wanted for absconding supervision (manslaughter, robbery)
  • Sarah Hope Thorpe AKA Sarah Thorpe-Kennedy, 42, Natchez, wanted for two counts of accessory after the fact for murder
  • George Dewitt Robinson Jr., 37, Lambert, wanted for sexual battery