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Blanton captured
Joel Blanton, 37, is shown in custody Monday night on Salem Road in Warren County after an escape from Van Buren County Jail that lasted less than 24 hours.
A Van Buren County Jail escapee who was added to the TBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted List on Monday afternoon was captured in Warren County on Monday night around 7 p.m. Joel Ernest Blanton, 37, was wanted after escaping from Van Buren County Jail at approximately 1 a.m. on Monday morning with the help of his mother. He was captured about 18 hours later at a home on Salem Road, a rural road toward the northern part of the county between Bluff Springs Road and Faulkner Springs Road. Blanton was transported to Warren County Jail where he is being held.

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