The Mississippi Department of Corrections is searching for escaped Inmate Benny Ray Blansett.

Blansett, 59, was discovered missing from Unit 30 at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at 3:17 a.m. today during a count. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, with the words “MDOC Convict” on back, and black and white striped pants.

He is serving life for two uttering forgery convictions, two jail escapes, aggravated assault on a police officer, and burglary.  All, except one conviction, occurred in Marion County. He was also convicted of jail escape in Sunflower County.



Blansett, MDOC #07548,  is a white male standing 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 169 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

If you see Blansett, call the MDOC at 662-745-6611 or your nearest law enforcement.