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Michael Wilburn

Real Name: Michael Wayne Wilburn
Aliases: None Known
Wanted For: Murder, Escape
Missing Since: August 1996

Lila Hood


Details: Thirty-two-year-old Michael Wilburn was an employee of the construction business operated by forty-six-year-old Fulton, Mississippi resident Lila Jean Hood and her husband Lewis. Wilburn quit his job on December 30, 1995. One week later, he got into an argument with Lila over his final paycheck. One month after that, Lila's body was found in a wooded area. She had been beaten and shot to death with a .25 caliber hand gun.
On February 14, 1996, Wilburn was arrested for shoplifting in Tupelo, Mississippi. After his arrest, he was returned to Fulton and charged with Lila's murder. Nine months later, on August 15, 1996, Wilburn escaped from the Itawamba County Jail. He has not been seen since.
Extra Notes: This case first aired as a Special Bulletin on the November 15, 1996 episode of Unsolved Mysteries along with Jimmy Ray LeGate.
Results: Captured. On December 20, 1996, Wilburn was arrested in Jackson, Tennessee. In August of 1997, he pleaded guilty to Lila's murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.