Suspect to be included in state’s ‘most wanted’ list

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 26, 2000

A former Miss-Lou resident well soon be added to the state’s most wanted list for allegedly leaving his girlfriend &uot;for dead&uot; on a Warren County highway.

Warren&160;County Chief Investigator Jay McKenzie said deputies continue to receive leads into the whereabouts of Edward D. Wells, 28, but they have not been able to locate him.

&uot;I’m still confident that we will (find him,)&uot; McKenzie said. &uot;It’s just taking a littler longer than we hoped.&uot;

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Wells is charged with aggravated assault for the July 22 assault on his girlfriend, Patty Rabb, formerly of Natchez.

McKenzie said he does not think Wells is in Mississippi, but officers are checking several different locations. Warren County officials wanted to place Wells on the most wanted list because they have been looking for him for so long and because of the severity of the case, McKenzie said.

&uot;The more agencies we can get involved looking for him the more likely we are to find him,&uot; he said.

Deputies think Wells left Rabb for dead after he assaulted her and dropped her off a 25 feet embankment off U.S. 61 near Vicksburg.

Rabb sustained injuries to her back, face and head and is still being treated at Central Mississippi Medical Center, in Jackson.

Her mother, Deborah Pilgrim said her daughter is making progress but doctors have told her Rabb is paralyzed.

&uot;She’s coping with (her paralysis) but she’s told me she’s going to walk out of here,&uot; Pilgrim said. &uot;(But) they already told her she’ll never walk again.&uot;

And Rabb does not want to talk about what happened to her, Pilgrim said.

Family members say Wells and Rabb moved from Natchez to Vicksburg just prior to the incident to find jobs.

Clark Robbins, an investigator with the Mississippi Highway Patrol, said Wells’ name should appear on the most wanted list by October.

Agencies are offering a reward for information leading to Wells’ arrest. Anyone with information can call the Warren County Sheriff’s Department at 601-636-1761 or the Mississippi Highway Patrol at 601-833-7811.