BOONEVILLE — Convicted murderer Timothy "Bo" Buffington turned himself in to police Thursday morning after almost three months on the run.

BOONEVILLE — Convicted murderer Timothy "Bo" Buffington turned himself in to police Thursday morning after almost three months on the run.


Buffington, 48, turned himself in after calling Booneville police around 11:30 a.m., police officials said.


Booneville Police Chief Al Brown answered the phone when Buffington called from a residence on Barber Road in Booneville. Brown said he knew right away it was Buffington.


"I know his voice," Brown said. "I was a jailer when he was arrested (in the slaying of his ex-wife), (so) there was no doubt in my mind."


Shortly after calling police, Buffington surrendered to an Arkansas State Police trooper in the front yard of the home, Arkansas Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson told The Associated Press. He was transported to the Booneville Police Department, where he was allowed to take a shower. After about three hours at the Police Department, ADC officials transported him. He left the Police Department in an orange and white jumpsuit, wearing handcuffs and leg irons.


"We will be talking with inmate Buffington and filling in the blanks of his whereabouts in the coming days," Wilson stated in a Thursday afternoon email to the Booneville Democrat.


In 1999, Buffington was convicted in the shooting death of his ex-wife, Rhonda Combs, 23, who was shot in the back of the head while she sat in a pickup with her boyfriend near the Booneville city limits. He was serving a 20-year sentence for first-degree murder when he escaped June 21 from state prison grounds in Pine Bluff where he had been doing yard work as a trusty.


ADC officials contacted the Logan County Sheriff’s Office about 5:30 a.m. Thursday in reference to the sighting, Logan County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy David Spicer said earlier Thursday. A manhunt began then, with a portion of State Highway 10 near the Logan-Sebastian county line blocked off for a short time.


"It has been a long few months but our officers and those from other law enforcement agencies have remained dedicated to his capture," Wilson said. "We appreciate the assistance of all involved. We also are grateful to the public for staying engaged and providing tips."