Marion County Jail escapee caught

Grant Allen Baker, age 22 / Marion County Jail

UPDATED: February 4 at 9:49 a.m.

Grant Allen Baker, an escapee from Marion County Jail, was taken back into custody in the early morning hours of Friday, Feb. 4.

Baker escaped the morning of Thursday, Feb. 3 and he was apprehended less than 24-hours later.

Officers got information from the public and were able to follow the trail to the 2900 block of Starlight Ridge in Hannibal. From there, the investigation continued to an associate of Baker's in New London, where he was arrested without incident.

He now faces additional felony charges of Escape from a County Jail and Property Damage, along with his previous Parole violations from Illinois that he was in the Marion County Jail awaiting extradition on.

Baker is currently at the Marion County Jail and formal charges are pending in Marion County.

Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn would like to recognize the Palmyra Police Dept., Hannibal Police Dept., Missouri State Highway Patrol, NEMO Drug Task Force, Ralls County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshal Service Great Lakes Regional Task Force in a team effort and was able to apprehend the fugitive.


An inmate from the Marion County, Missouri jail escaped early Thursday morning.

Sheriff Jimmy Shinn has confirmed to KHQA that Grant Allen Baker, age 22, escaped through a utility room in one of the jail cell pods that had been left unlocked by a service worker, then apparently went through ductwork in the ceiling.

It's believed Baker got away at approximately 1:00 a.m.; jail employees noticed him missing at approximately 3:00 a.m.

Sheriff Shinn's investigation shows that Baker went to the Wilco gas station just north of the jail and got a ride from a white female driving a red Jeep Cherokee with two kids inside.

The sheriff stressed that investigators don't believe she is involved in the escape, but that Baker conned her into giving him a ride.

The vehicle with Baker inside headed south on U.S. 61 toward Hannibal.

Shinn is searching for that vehicle and the woman driving it to make sure she's alright, and to question her about Baker's whereabouts.

Baker is described as a white man, 5''7", weighing 140 pounds with a slim build. He has short black hair. He was last seen wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

Baker's last known address was in Hannibal, where he apparently lived with his girlfriend.

He also has significant ties to Quincy, Illinois.

He was being held in the Marion County jail on an Illinois Department of Corrections parole warrant.

Adams County court records show that Baker pleaded guilty to felony charges including possession of a stolen vehicle in December 2008.

He was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison.

Sheriff Shinn believes this was an escape of opportunity, due to the unlocked door, and that Baker had no plan for his getaway.

"We do not believe that he is dangerous at this time, however anytime that you come across someone that is fleeing from the law or escaped from a county jail or detention facility, they should be considered armed and dangerous," says Sheriff Jimmy Shinn

The sheriff's department is making a list of Baker's family and associates in an attempt to find him.

If you have information about Baker, call the Marion County Sheriff's Department at (573) 769-2077.