Real Name: Sandra Kay Beeman
Location: Cumberland, Maryland
Date: August 29, 1990
Occupation: Prison Guard
Date of Birth: 1944
Weight: 170 pounds
Marital Status: Dating
Characteristics: Caucasian female
Details: Forty-six-year-old Kay Beeman is a divorced mother of two who worked as a correction's officer at the Allegany County Detention Center in Cumberland, Maryland, for ten years. At 2:12am on the morning of August 29, 1990, she was working in the prison control center with another officer, Michele Puderbaugh, when she went to do a round to check on the prisoners. Minutes later, maximum security prisoner Edgar Kerns, who was in prison for theft and forgery, appeared and tried to take Michele hostage. However, as they entered the prison corridor, she immediately ran to an open bathroom and locked herself in.
Kerns and his cellmate, James Barnes, then left the prison with Kay. Two days later, she called her daughter, Leslie, and told her that she was all right. It was first believed that she was abducted by Kerns and Barnes, but when Barnes was arrested three days later in West Virginia, he told authorities that Kay had helped them escape because she and Kerns were romantically involved. He claimed that they were romantically involved for at least three months. According to him, they would spend long amounts of time talking to each other. Authorities want to question Kay about the escape; Leslie is now pleading for her to turn herself in.
Suspects: Edgar Kerns is believed to be responsible for Kay's disappearance, although it is uncertain if she was abducted or if she left voluntarily with him.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the October 17, 1990 episode.
Results: Solved. Beeman and Kerns were arrested in Hamilton, Canada six hours after the broadcast. On September 10, 1990, twelve days after the escape, they checked into the Beach Motor Motel under the assumed names "Fred and Sandy Smith". At the time of the broadcast, Joe Mitchell, the motel's manager, recognized them. He immediately contacted the authorities; however, by the time they arrived at the hotel, Beeman and Kerns had vanished.
A witness told the authorities that he had seen Beeman and Kerns getting into a cab shortly before the authorities arrived. They were able to identify the cab company used, along with the driver. He told them that he had dropped them off at the Red Rose Motel. An officer checked the motel's registry and found that Kerns had used his real name.
A few minutes later, Kerns and Beeman were arrested in their new motel room. They were extradited back to the United States. Kerns was given five years in prison and has since been released. Beeman also served time in prison for her role in the escape. After they were both released, they began living together. Beeman passed away on January 23, 2002 at age fifty-seven.
- Md. Prisoners Escape; Guard Missing, Too - August 30, 1990
- Escapee from Allegany jail seen in W.Va. - August 31, 1990
- Escapees still at large - September 1, 1990
- Maryland Jail Escapee Caught in Virginia - September 4, 1990
- 'Unsolved Mysteries' to feature local case - October 14, 1994
- Jail escapee, guard arrested in Canada - October 19, 1990
- Md. fugitives found in Canadian motel - October 19, 1990
- Featured on TV Show, Escaped Prisoner and Guard Are Caught - October 19, 1990
- Bail set - October 26, 1990
- Mystery solved - October 29, 1990
- Allegany guard's flight with prisoner no surprise to those who knew her best - November 4, 1990
- Former guard engaged to inmate - November 25, 1990
- Former jail guard in W.Md. guilty in inmate escape - March 28, 1991
- Guard gets 5 years for helping escapee - May 04, 1991
- Attorney wants suit dismissed - May 16, 1991
- Kay Beeman on Find a Grave