Suspected murder escapee found

Suspected murder escapee found


An individual accused of murder has escaped from the county jail in Carlinville, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Sunday evening, at approxmately 10 p.m, William D. Kavanaugh escaped from the Macoupin County Jail.

Kavanaugh obtained access to a closet, crawled through the ceiling and out a second story window. Outside video shows Kavanaugh on foot heading southbound, according to the sheriff’s department. It is believed he received help from another inmate in his

Kavanaugh is described as a white male, 5’11, 210 pounds with medium build, red hair and brown eyes. His last known address is 117 Henry Street, East Alton, Illinois.

Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Kahl was first notified of the alleged escape at 11 a.m. Monday morning.

“We’re not sure where he’s at at this point in time we are just tracking down several leads,” Kahl said. “He was awaiting trial that is why he has not went to prison.”

Kahl explained the search process Monday evening.

“We used law enforcement personnel canine units and airplane,” he said. “We have the macoupin County sheriffs office, Carlinville Police Department, United States Marshal service, Illinois State Police, Illinois Secretary State of police, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Alton Police Department.”

The Sheriff’s Department sought the public’s assistance in locating Kavanaugh.

If anyone in the public has information on the whereabouts of Kavanaugh, contact the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department at 217-854-3135 or your local law enforcement agency. Kavanaugh is considered dangerous. Do not approach him.

Kavanaugh’s next court date is supposed to be a pre-trial hearing Monday, April 27, in front of Judge Joshua Meyer.


UPDATE: Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Kavanaugh was apprehended Monday evening in Shipman.

The following statement is from Sheriff Shawn Kahl.

“On April 13, 2020 around 8:40 p.m. tonight, I received Information from a subject in Shipman, Illinois in reference to a possible sighting of William D. Kavanaugh. I contacted several Macoupin County units to respond. At that time, we surrounded a trailer in the 200 block of Law Street in Shipman, Illinois. Kavanaugh at that point in time came out peacefully and was taken into custody without incident. I would like to thank all the law enforcement agencies that helped out today.”