Archive for Thursday, February 23, 2006

National broadcast media hone in on escape story

February 23, 2006

The search for escaped murderer John M. Manard is getting a boost from broadcast media nationwide.

"Geraldo at Large" and "Inside Edition" on Tuesday featured segments on the escape. In both shows, Kansas Department of Corrections spokesman Bill Miskell explained how authorities believed Safe Harbor Prison Dog president Toby Young helped Manard escape Feb. 12 from Lansing Correctional Facility.

The five-minute segment on "Geraldo" also included an interview with Stacy E. Smith, editor-in-chief of Paw Prints, a Kansas City magazine that focuses on pet issues and that profiled Young in August 2005.

"Inside Edition" spoke with author Patricia M. Kelley, who was working on a book about the Safe Harbor program.

Miskell, the corrections spokesman, said if Manard was not found by this weekend, the case would get mention on "America's Most Wanted," which airs at 8 p.m. Saturday on Fox, Channel 4.

The "America's Most Wanted Web site, amw.com, last week highlighted Manard's escape as its featured case.

Earlier in the week, Miskell appeared on "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" and "Rita Cosby Live & Direct" on MSNBC.

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